In an ironic development following months of public squabbling over digital distribution practices, Electronic Arts is now offering Valve games through its Origin service.

EA is running a buy-two-get-one-free special this weekend, and three Valve titles are included: Counter-Strike: Source, Left For Dead: Game of the Year Edition, and Left 4 Dead 2. The Valve games (each priced at $19.99) are boxed retail copies, and the free games available are downloadable copies of select EA titles.

The promotion is raising eyebrows after EA announced last month that its flagship shooter Battlefield 3 would not be available on Valve’s Steam platform, citing “a set of restrictive terms of service which limit how developers interact with customers to deliver patches and other downloadable content.” EA issued similar statements after removing Crysis 2 from Steam following Origin’s launch.

Without offering any concrete solutions, both sides have expressed a desire to resolve this dispute. Valve president Gabe Newell recently told Develop, “We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do.” EA’s Jens Uwe Intat told Eurogamer last week that the company isn’t planning on making its games Origin-exclusive. “Competition and choice go hand in hand,” he said. “So the fact we will only distribute our own games on our own platform, I don't see that.”

Neither company has issued a statement regarding the promotion. EA does hold the distribution rights to retail copies of some Valve titles, so this may be less of a sign that the two companies are newly cooperating and more of a message from EA saying they’d like to cooperate.

Source: Origin via Joystiq

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  • CrazyJoe87 - Sunday, September 4, 2011 - link

    They haven't "now started offering Valve games on their service". They've been doing it for years since they are the retail publisher. They have just rebranded their phyiscal copy store under the Origin banner, it's that simple.

    Anandtech have somehow decided that this is news when it simply isn't.
  • JarredWalton - Monday, September 5, 2011 - link

    Guess I didn't realize they had Valve games on their store before -- though I can't see why anyone would want to buy a Valve game through the EA downloader/Origin regardless.
  • lianw - Monday, September 5, 2011 - link

    Maybe it's cheaper there? I mean, if it's your birthday, you get 25% off at the EA Store/Origin.
  • CrazyJoe87 - Sunday, September 4, 2011 - link

    "The promotion is raising eyebrows"

    It's only raising eyebrows if you are stupid enough not to know that they have been selling Valve games for years. But I guess real news isn't what you guys are going for anymore, oh well.
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