EA COO Peter Moore has said there isn’t any bad blood between the firm and Valve over Origin and Steam, going so far as to tell Eurogamer there’s “no feud,” at all.
EA, after all, published Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead, said Moore, and the firm has “always enjoyed that publishing relationship.”
“There’s no feud,” over the rival digital distribution services, said Moore. “It’s Valve. Gabe’s a great friend of EA’s. We’re a great friend of his, we like to think.
“There are no conversations going on right now. I don’t know what their plans are right now. So, of course, we’ve had a great relationship from the publishing end, and I’d like to think they’ve enjoyed us publishing their content. I certainly think we’ve done a good job.”
However, when it comes to Origin over Steam, things get a bit tricky between the firms from a business standpoint.
“They have different terms and conditions that they put on their games that don’t meet what we would like to do with our gamers. They insist on being a layer between the game developer and publisher and the consumer. They take a piece of the revenue stream. And they don’t allow us to go directly to the consumer to do patches and updates.
“So we just agree to disagree. It’s not a feud. They have their terms and conditions. We do. They don’t meet.”
These “terms and conditions” are also non-negotiable Moore implied, and there’s always the possibility that, someday, the twain will meet – but don’t look for it to happen soon.
“We’re very clear on what we want to do to be able to put a game on a platform and interact with the gamer,” said Moore. “The current terms and conditions of Steam don’t allow that. If they change to meet the contract with the gamer we set out to do, then of course things might change. But until then, nothing’s going to change.”