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Warp appears on Steam, but still no EA-Valve agreement

Friday, 23rd March 2012 00:51 GMT By Nathan Grayson

As handily pointed out by VG247 reader DSB, Warp — a recently released EA-published puzzler — is currently available on Steam with a sizable list of Origin-related restrictions. That, of course, is a bit “Bwaaaah?”-worthy, seeing as EA and Valve spent the better part of last year at each other’s throats over Valve’s “restrictive” terms of service. So then, have the two finally kissed, made up, and sworn to forever be BFFs on Gabe Newell’s beard? No such luck, EA has told VG247.

“Making Warp available on Steam was a choice made by the developer, Trapdoor. Our partners in EA Partners own their own IP and have the authority to determine where the game will be distributed. This does not reflect a change in EA’s position on Steam’s terms of service,” an EA rep explained.

So that’s a Disappointing Thing. But perhaps all hope isn’t lost. I’ve followed up with EA asking if EA and Valve are still seeking any sort of “agreement” to allow removed titles like Dragon Age II and Crysis 2 back onto Steam. I’ll report back as soon as I hear anything.

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3 Comments

  1. DSB

    Turns out the Origin restrictions are just legal babble related to the (very old, pre-Origin) EA login.

    I got a little excited there, but the screen was just full of capitals that said “ORIGIN”. So obviously I was like, “ORIGIN!?!” and then the screen was like “ORIGIN!!!”. So it was pretty intense.

    What is pretty interesting about this is that EA are actually publishing it on Steam. So if the Steam page is anything to go by, they were part of the negotiations, as opposed to 38 Studios with Reckoning, who self-published on Steam.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. SplatteredHouse

    No. It says in the article that EA don’t pull rank on this kind of thing.
    EA aren’t selling the game through Steam, the developer is.

    Trapdoor are free to make it available to buy at places of their choice, because EA don’t own the IP.

    Reading the terms, it looks as if you’re actually in buying Warp from Steam, just being supplied with a single-use Origin code for the game, for play on EA’s platform from the looks of things. That’s unusual.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. DSB

    @2 But if it says EA in that slot, and it isn’t an error of some sort, then EA are definitely entitled to some of the money. If Trapdoor were self-publishing on Steam, it should say so.

    You don’t have to use Origin at all though. I’m 99% sure you’ll be able to play it on Origin as well, but the stuff from the EULA is purely there because it uses the EA login, which is much older than Origin.

    I think they used that for Battlefield 2.

    I’m basing it on this:

    http://forums.steamgames.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2609607

    The EA login means that they’re using EAs authentication servers, and I think we all know that EA doesn’t give anything away for free.

    #3 2 years ago

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