EA teases a return to Steam after eight years
The publisher parted ways with Valve in favor of Origin in 2011By Humza Aamir 12 comments
Rumor mill: EA's recent tweet hints that the publisher could be eyeing a return to Valve's storefront after nearly eight years. Although the move would require EA to pay Valve a 30 percent cut on Steam sales, the bigger picture involves EA getting access to Steam's enormous 100 million active monthly users, potentially ending up in a win-win situation for both parties.
The publisher has hinted at going ahead with the idea by tweeting a steaming mug of some sort of beverage.
... pic.twitter.com/bHZy7mEWFW--- Electronic Arts (@EA) October 25, 2019
PCGamer spotted more potential evidence of this development...
looks like EA are indeed getting ready to come back to steam--- lashman (@RobotBrush) October 22, 2019
It remains to be seen what EA plans to bring to Steam in terms of content. It could be the publisher's back catalog, its latest titles, or a combination of both. Whatever the case may be, the chance to see your favorite Origin games and/or buddies on Steam is certainly appealing.
Gamers shouldn't expect to part ways with Origin entirely though, but keep their assorted collection of launchers intact.
EA is likely going to follow Ubisoft's approach of making its titles available on Steam and then upon launching games, opening its own client, reminding us of the multi-layered DRM world in which we have to live in order to play some of these games.