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Dragon Age 2 Removed from Steam, EA Cites Restrictive ToS

Online games retailer Steam has removed entire content of Dragon Age 2 from its website for reasons unexplained.

According to the Escapist (opens in new tab)Magazine, Steam, a subsidiary of Valve has altogether dropped content of Dragon Age 2, a gaming title by video game developer and publisher firm Electronics Art (EA) within a week of the release of Legacy, the first downloadable expansion for the game.

Critics and experts believe that it has something to do with EA’s attempt to sell title from within the game rather than through hosting website Steam.

“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 senior vice president for Global electronics commerce at EA, David DeMartini said in a statement.

The company is hoping to work out an agreement with the online game retailer, DeMartini added.

Earlier EA’s Crysis 2 was also removed from Steam’s list of content after EA released a downloadable expansion pack for the gaming title. No statement has been received from Valve’s Steam. However, the website still retains EA’s Dragon Age: Origins on its list of games.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.