When it comes to purchasing downloadable PC games, there’s Steam and there’s everyone else. Today, major changes happened in that “everyone else” part of that equation, though probably not large enough shifts to make Valve nervous just yet.
The biggest news is that Ubisoft has opened up its UPlay service (yes, the same one that has encountered so many DRM problems in the past) to third-party publishers for the first time. The service will now also distribute games from companies including Electronic Arts, Warner Bros., Bohemia Interactive, Telltale Games, Robot Entertainment, and many more. The company is celebrating this new expansion by offering a free game download to anyone who purchases a game costing $19.90 or more.
EA, for its part, has accepted Ubisoft games such as Assassin’s Creed III and Farcry 3 onto its Origin service for the first time. This isn’t such a massive event considering EA has been offering third-party games on Origin since late 2011, but it’s still an important expansion for the service.