EA has announced that they’ve partnered with Valve in order to bring EA Access to Steam. EA Access will be introduced to Steam in Spring 2020, and over the course of time all of the games on offer as part of the subscription service will begin to enter the Steam Ecosystem. EA has boasted that Steam will be the fourth gaming platform to offer their subscription service to gamers, and that EA Access will be the only subscription service available on Steam.
However the move of EA games coming to Steam begins next month, with Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The game is available to pre-order on Steam right now, and will launch on the 15th of November. Other titles are going to follow soon, with The Sims 4, Unravel Two planned to make the move in the next couple of months. EA has also commented that multiplayer titles will also be coming to Steam, including the massively popular Apex Legends, Battlefield 5, and FIFA 20. EA confirmed that these games will be available on both Origin, EA’s own platform, and Steam next year, and that consumers can play together across these platforms.
This Only Benefits Players
Steam is a fantastic ecosystem for games. For all the downsides it may have, such as review bombing and people scamming developers for refunds, its benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Steam is a place where most people own games, because most of them are available there, and because Steam has an easy to use interface when it comes to your library. For me, the achievement system on Steam is the biggest reason I buy games there, because all of my achievements are located in one place, which I can gloat about and my friends can see.
Other platforms for PC games, such as the Epic Game Store and Origin, have their place and their own achievement systems, but they’re still separate to Steam. For me and many gamers like me, if a game isn’t on Steam, we’re less likely to purchase it. This is purely because Steam is an ecosystem that works for games, and it’s easy to use for most people, because most people own games there. If someone has a game on a different platform, it can suddenly be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to set up a multiplayer game with them.
By bringing EA Access to Steam, EA is offering consumers a fantastic vault of games for a low monthly price, one that won’t force them to play games outside of Steam. This partnership only benefits gamers, there’s no downside. If players would rather not purchase EA Access, then they don’t need to, because the games will be coming to Steam anyway.
It would be great to see other subscription services come to Steam and other platforms like EA Access has. As the industry moves towards a preference for these game subscription models, it’s only a matter of time before some games are unplayable for some because of the platform they’re restricted to. However, if more publishers enter into partnerships like EA is doing, then games will remain available for everyone to play.