Yesterday, we reported that the EA game Dragon Age II had been yoinked from Steam. Today, EA issued its official response. In a refreshing change from the usual tone of “official responses” EA's David DeMartini pretty much came out and said what actually happened:
“Unfortunately, Steam has adopted a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to sell downloadable content. No other download service has adopted this practice. Consequently some of our games have been removed by Steam.”
The “restrictive terms of service” require that downloadable content for games available on Steam be available to consumers from Steam directly. However, Dragon Age II’s ‘Legacy’ DLC add-on is available as an in-game download. It's unclear why EA has refused to allow Steam to offer Dragon Age II DLC to customers directly, but it might have something to do with Origin, EA's own online game retailer.
DeMartini did add, “We hope to work out an agreement to keep our games on Steam.”
Jul 28, 2011
Source: Game Front