It appears that EA are heavily trying to push the newest challenger to Steam. It has been notedthat Crysis 2 has been taken down from the Steam stores, and it’s not strictly a region thing, as it has been happening worldwide.
Various websites are reporting the takedown, though there is no indication whether this has been an accident, or who took it down, whether it was Steam as punishment for EA launching a rival service, or EA wanting a larger share of projects from their most recent big game.
Mind you, with no official word from either side, it’s purely speculation as to the reasons, but many are looking at EA to be the instigator in this new situation
UPDATE: It appears a statement has been sent to GiantBomb that leads a new twist in the story that has the majority confused. The following statement has been released from EA.
“It’s unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA. Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services. Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam. Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including GameStop, Amazon, Origin.com and more.”
As more information trickles through, the ball is right now in Steam’s court, but those who thought EA did the dirty must be in a precarious position now. As yet, there is no solid info about what these new rules are, but needless to say, we will find out when Steam try and not look like the villains.