The decision to remove Crysis 2 from Steam was Valve's call, not EA's, the game's publisher has insisted.
Earlier today we reported that Crytek's shooter had disappeared from Valve's store, with many speculating that the move heralded the beginning of an aggressive promotion program from EA aimed at grabbing market share for Origin, its new PC marketplace.
Not so, it seems. EA has since come forward and explained that the game was removed as it was in breach of a new set of store regulations laid down by Valve.
"It's unfortunate that Steam has removed Crysis 2 from their service. This was not an EA decision or the result of any action by EA," read a statement handed to IGN.
"Steam has imposed a set of business terms for developers hoping to sell content on that service – many of which are not imposed by other online game services.
"Unfortunately, Crytek has an agreement with another download service which violates the new rules from Steam and resulted in its expulsion of Crysis 2 from Steam.
"Crysis 2 continues to be available on several other download services including Origin.com."
We've put in a request with Valve for clarification and will update if it chooses to add any colour of its own.