In mid-2011, Steam and Eletronic Arts kind of fought over sales percentages, prompting EA Games to launch their own store and launcher.
The announcement of the return was made in the News section of the EA Games, starting with the following paragraph:
Electronic Arts and Valve have partnered to put EA games in the hands of players on Steam. Beginning next year, EA Access, our subscription service with great games and subscriber advantages, will reach Steam. EA Access is the first and only subscription service available on Steam, and the fourth platform to have an EA subscription.
To re-start the partnership, the first game to be released is Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, released on November 15th. Multiplayer games such as Apex Legends, FIFA 20 and Battlefield V will be available next year, and players at Origin and Steam will be able to compete against each other.
Ea's senior vice president for player networks, Mike Blank, made the following statement to Engadget:
We are working with Valve and Steam to connect our buddy lists more effectively so you can play together in multiplayer games, regardless of the platform you are choosing to play.
Blank also said in the interview, that you need to have an EA account to buy or access EA games on Steam. At first, you need to use the launcher to set up account linking. Then you can boot the games directly from Steam. It is not yet possible to import games purchased from Origin into Steam, but this may change as the Steam / Valve and Origin / EA Games partnership evolves.
With this arrival, we may think that these titles will soon work with Proton on Steam, as some of the titles on AND THE Gameslike Mass Effect and Dead Space already work within the Steam Store. Maybe some titles like Battlefield, Fifa, The Sims and the like might also work, today all three already run through Lutris. I believe that with this change, EA Games will stop worrying about its Store, leaving it to those who understand and only focusing on game development. It may be that she also makes the same kind of partnership with Epic Games, we can not doubt. I bet if this partnership works, Ubisoft will do the same and Uplay will become a validator too. This article does not end here, keep exchanging an idea there in our forum. Hope to see you next, a big hug.