Valve might be about to add another company to its list of Steam partners—and this one's a whopper. Shacknews writes that the end-user license agreement for EA's Spore has somehow made its way onto the Steam website, suggesting the title may soon become available through Valve's online distribution service.
Steam already includes games from all kinds of developers and publishers—like Activision, Take-Two, id Software, and Ubisoft—but Shacknews says EA has so far preferred using its own online store to distribute games over the Internet. Mind you, EA's Crysis and Crysis Warhead are both available on Steam already, but that reportedly stemmed from a deal between the games' developer (Crytek) and Valve.
According to the latest NPD retail sales figures, Spore was the second-best-selling game in stores between November 30 and December 6. Five of the top ten (Call of Duty: World at War, Fallout 3, Grand Theft Auto IV, Left 4 Dead, and Far Cry 2) are already available on Steam, and aside from Spore, three of the other best-sellers (all The Sims titles) are developed and published by EA.
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