Valve Software President Gabe Newell says that his company has a responsibility to show Electronic Arts that it is "smarter business" to add (and keep) its games on Steam instead of removing them. In a recent interview with Develop, Newell lamented EA's decision to remove games from the Steam service and put out an olive branch to the company.
"We have to show EA it’s a smart decision to have EA games on Steam, and we’re going to try to show them that," he said.
When asked if customer should expect more EA games to be removed from Steam in the future, he said:
"Companies have to earn the right to install content on their customers' PCs on a regular basis," he began. "The same thing is true of Steam. We have to prove we are creating value on an ongoing basis, whether it’s to EA or Ubisoft or whoever."
"We really want to show there’s a lot of value having EA titles on Steam. We want EA’s games on Steam and we have to show them that’s a smart thing to do," he continued. "I think at the end of the day we’re going to prove to Electronic Arts they have happier customers, a higher quality service, and will make more money if they have their titles on Steam. It’s our duty to demonstrate that to them. We don’t have a natural right to publish their games."
Hopefully EA and Valve work out whatever issues are going on behind the scenes. Prior to the launch of Origin, Valve had a decent relationship with the company who handled all of its boxed retail distribution.