Get Physical: Origin Sells Boxed Valve Games

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There was much excitement when Origin users in the US noticed a buy two get one free promotion that includes three Valve titles: Left 4 Dead GOTY Edition, Left 4 Dead 2 and Counterstrike: Source. Could it mean the end of Valve and EA’s digital distribution feud? Of course not. The games aren’t being digitally distributed through Origin’s service, they are retail copies (in boxes made of actual matter like in olden times) that will be delivered to users as part of the offer. Perhaps an EA man will simply step out of the ‘Pizza Delivery’ van that has been inexplicably parked across the street from your house since you signed that EULA and leave the parcel on your doorstep. Or not. At retail, Valve products have been published by EA for many a moon, so this could be seen as nothing more than a good way to free up some warehouse space.


  1. Moni says:

    Ooh, so Origin is also a brick and mortar store as well as a digital store now.

    Are there any other publishers that distribute their own products?

    • HexagonalBolts says:

      Mojang. Hehe.

    • Eclipse says:

      well, THQ ( link to ) and Ubisoft ( ) at least? I believe a lot of other publishers do it as well. The fact is that Origin is actually trying to build a steam-like platform

    • Phinor says:

      The (vastly superior) US store of Origin/EA Store has always(?) offered physical products. EU store has never offered physical products and it still doesn’t, and likely won’t anytime soon if ever.

    • JohnnyMaverik says:

      Well Valve have already said Steam needs to and is going to expand and improve. I don’t think building a Steam like platform/service is going to cut it, because with-in two years it’ll look nothing like Steam any more.

  2. Out Reach says:

    SO let’s get this straight, they are going to sell origin, by selling products that require steam on it?


  3. Heliosicle says:

    I’m sure you could buy the orange box and l4d on the EA store, I don’t think this is a new thing :/

    • icupnimpn2 says:

      Yes, a non-story. EA store online always sold packaged copies of their published games before moving into the digital download space. Then they sold both through the same interface. Origin was a re-branding of the EA storefront as much as it was the introduction of a new client.

      Silly, silly ruckus.

    • Kadayi says:

      I admire the Hivemind tenacity to continue to make news out of a non-story as well as push the RPS agenda that EA & Origin = Teh Evil (whilst Valve = Teh Win). I thought rationality and investigation had won over the hysterical EULA posturing and fear mongering of late, but clearly I was mistaken.

    • yutt says:

      @Kadayi the only hysteria I am able to find here seems to be located directly in your post. Do you think the, erm, irrational hivemind put it their as part of RPS’s secret dealings with Valve?!

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  5. Sheng-ji says:

    At least Origin isn’t going to be exclusively for EA products. That was my only worry about it!

  6. Joe Duck says:

    I don’t get it.
    EA distributes Valve games and Origin is the store for EA’s distribution service.
    Does the news item disclose something that we did not know already?

  7. Faceless says:

    Looks to me more like competition than a favour. Seems as though EA wants to piss in everyone’s cup nowadays, trying too hard to prove they’re the good guys now.

  8. JohnnyMaverik says:

    I wish it was digitally because then it’d probably signal an end to this ridiculous Valve EA feud, but this doesn’t sound much like that sign.

    • UnravThreads says:

      And also end Valve’s monopoly on their titles, but clearly not.

  9. Shooop says:

    And EA continues to do everything but what they actually SHOULD do instead with Origin.

    You are forgiven for nothing EA.

  10. FakeAssName says:

    for fucks sake!

    yes, EA has it’s own store: it sells all of EA’s varied products … like DS games and, yes it sells boxed versions of it’s PC titles too.

    yes EA has got the publishing rights to the boxed versions of Valve titles, so yes they can sell them just fine: lets all scream and flail about as RPS posts -another- non-issue article that was trolled up from the GOG forums.

  11. foda500orama says:

    EA to Valve: link to

  12. jacobvandy says:

    Utterly meaningless non-story material here…

    EA’s online store has ALWAYS sold physical retail copies of their games, including those from Valve that they have distributed in the past. Origin is nothing more than a rebranding of the EA Store and Download Manager that they tacked a friends list onto.

    The only way this could be considered “news” is if they suddenly, somehow, began selling digital copies of Valve’s games. That would require a new deal of seismic proportions between the two companies, which would never have happened in the past, let alone now when tensions are so high between them.

  13. LGM says:

    So EA doesn’t understand the concept of a “digital store” do they? ROFL!

    It’s too bad there’s not a comedian who’s act is all about the games industry, as EA would make perfect joke material.

  14. Vinraith says:

    Breaking News: Publisher sells games they publish!