Monday, August 3rd 2020

EA's Move to Steam Makes its Games the Most Played on the Platform

EA has recently decided to break away from the exclusivity of its games on Origin game launches and started to offer some games on Valve's Steam gaming platform. The move has turned out to be quite substantial for EA and Valve just reported some big news. Out of the top 20 best-selling games on Steam for the month of July, EA games accounted for eight of them. This rather massive share is all thanks to the new markets EA opened themselves to. Without a doubt, Steam is still the world's biggest gaming platform, so it was a smart move to expand the availability of games to it. The financial gains follow as well. EA saw a massive 74% surge in PC revenue it is a quarterly report, all thanks to expansion to Steam.
Here is the list of top 20 best-selling games on Steam:
  • Sea of Thieves
  • Crysis 3
  • Dragon Age Inquisition
  • Need for Speed Heat
  • Command & Conquer Remastered Collection
  • Satisfactory
  • Battlefield V
  • Journey
  • STAR WARS Battlefront II
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Torchlight III
  • Griftlands
  • Desperados III
  • Hardspace: Shipbreaker
  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Detroit: Become Human
  • Outer Wilds
  • The Sims 4
  • Titanfall 2
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom - Rehydrated
Source: TweakTown
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31 Comments on EA's Move to Steam Makes its Games the Most Played on the Platform

#1
Animalpak
Of course, Steam is filled with indie-games for casual players.
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#2
TheDeeGee
I bet Microsoft isn't that smart with their games.
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#3
Lord_Soth
Animalpak
Of course, Steam is filled with indie-games for casual players.
Many times indie games are deeper than most of AAA games
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#5
T1beriu
EA saw a massive 74% surge in PC revenue it is a quarterly report, all thanks to expansion to Steam.
Have you heard of this thing called SARS-CoV-2 that locked people down?
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#6
Aoyagi
Calmmo
store.steampowered.com/search/?filter=topsellers seems not even a single EA title is in the top 20 atm according to steams top selling search
Because what you linked is a list sorted according to your/generic preferences (a bit of an oxymoron), not which is the most sold.

Also title says "most played" whilst the article itself is talking about sales. AK needs a new titlesperson.
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#7
kayjay010101
TheDeeGee
I bet Microsoft isn't that smart with their games.
What is that supposed to mean? Microsoft is pushing heavily for their games to be available on PC this upcoming generation - including on Steam - for their big "exclusive" titles, like Halo Infinite. This comment couldn't be timed worse
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#8
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
kayjay010101
What is that supposed to mean? Microsoft is pushing heavily for their games to be available on PC this upcoming generation - including on Steam - for their big "exclusive" titles, like Halo Infinite. This comment couldn't be timed worse
Probably a reference to how Microsoft abandoned the PC platform from a gaming perspective for the last 20 years.
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#9
claylomax
Do I still need to use Origin launcher if I get an EA game from Steam?
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#10
jmcslob
I hope Activision follows with their games...Battle.net simply isn't good enough.
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#11
c2DDragon
claylomax
Do I still need to use Origin launcher if I get an EA game from Steam?
Steam says on products page : EA on-line activation and Origin client software installation and background use required

I have those games (except C&C Remastered Collection) with my Origin Access Basic sub for 24,99€/year.
I was wondering why they did add upgrades for basic members few days ago : BFV year 2 edition, Battlefront II : Celebration Edition, all the DLCs for Dragon Age : Inquisition.
I think those gifts are due to the fact they are making a lot of money again with Steam :D
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#12
ZeppMan217
c2DDragon
Steam says on products page : EA on-line activation and Origin client software installation and background use required

I have those games (except C&C Remastered Collection) with my Origin Access Basic sub for 24,99€/year.
I was wondering why they did add upgrades for basic members few days ago : BFV year 2 edition, Battlefront II : Celebration Edition, all the DLCs for Dragon Age : Inquisition.
I think those gifts are due to the fact they are making a lot of money again with Steam :D
EA intends to sell Origin Access via Steam, too. Adding these things probably has something to do with that.
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#13
bug
That's how you vote with your wallet: we don't need a store from each and every publisher.
Though it's a job half-done if the origin client is still required.
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#14
Chrispy_
I bought Mirror's Edge Catalyst on Steam when they first moved back to the platform, and then realised I couldn't play the single-player game without an Origin account despite it being on Steam and it wouldn't work offline either.

Immediate Steam refund and then *COUGH* piracy solved the problem.

My financial boycott of EA continues, because they continue to play by their own rules instead of the established rules.

Steam won may battles again piracy by simply being more convenient than piracy. EA still seem intent on make their genuine, paying customers suffer for the sake of their draconian DRM, account datamining, lootbox shenanigans, microtransaction bonanza and other shady BS that has nothing to do with making a game better.
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#15
Nordic
AleksandarK
EA saw a massive 74% surge in PC revenue it is a quarterly report, all thanks to expansion to Steam.
Who knew that moving your games to the biggest platform would pay dividends? Huh
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#16
skizzo
Kinda off topic, but I was not expecting to see Desperados III on that list of top selling games on Steam.

Great to see that game and genre is apparently selling well
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#17
Assimilator
claylomax
Do I still need to use Origin launcher if I get an EA game from Steam?
Yes, and that is the reason why the headline of this news post is nonsense. EA has not "moved" to Steam in any way shape or form, they are simply listing their games for sale there in addition to wherever EA used to list games.

Of course, no news articles anywhere mention that little titbit of still needing Origin Orifice, because games journalism amirite? EA lists games on Steam, EA not so bad, amirite?

Steam itself does a shit job of letting you know what extra hoops you need to jump through to actually play the game. Any prerequisites like EA's POS client should be listed DIRECTLY under the game's screenshots, not in a little panel down the right-hand side. I understand why they do it, because they want to sell more games, but they definitely would have fewer refunds to process if they were more up-front about the third-party shit that publishers attempt for force down your throat.
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#19
neatfeatguy
They made a Torchlight 3? I thought the first was okay, the second was better, but doesn't hold a torch to Grim Dawn so I never beat it.
...how come the other Dragon Age games aren't on EA's top 20 selling list for Steam based sales? Oh yeah, because they sucked ass.
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#20
Razrback16
claylomax
Do I still need to use Origin launcher if I get an EA game from Steam?
Yes. That's why I haven't bought any of their games on Steam. I have a couple marked though like Crysis 3 and Jedi Fallen order; if they ever remove the Origin client requirement I'll be happy to buy them on Steam or GOG.
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#21
skizzo
neatfeatguy
They made a Torchlight 3? I thought the first was okay, the second was better, but doesn't hold a torch to Grim Dawn so I never beat it.
...how come the other Dragon Age games aren't on EA's top 20 selling list for Steam based sales? Oh yeah, because they sucked ass.
Torchlight 3 devs are Echtra Games, and publisher is Perfect World Entertainment according to Wikipedia

Desperados III I know for sure has nothing to do with EA.

Seems like this list of best selling games is some random top 20 list, which I still have a hard time believing....because D3 is a great game, but best seller compared to gazallion others on Steam....I highly doubt so.
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#22
ObiFrost
TheDeeGee
I bet Microsoft isn't that smart with their games.
A reason why I still haven't bought Forza Horizon 3/4... Bring it on steam and we're done, no need to scroll through cr*pton of stores just to play 1 game.
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#23
pR0m3tH3u$
I don't really know what is so special of having the games now. The Battlefield games (I don't know about other EA games) still require the Origin launcher to play them. So now you have to open Origin and Steam. If you ask me that is almost worse then just using Origin alone.
When do publishers realize that we want all our games on one Platform.
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#24
Vayra86
Animalpak
Of course, Steam is filled with indie-games for casual players.
Shots fired!!! :rockout:
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#25
Legacy-ZA
I am happy about this, but... when do they change their minds again?
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