In the past few days, rumors have been going around that EA's potential return to Steam.\r\n\r\nNo, the company seems to be fueling the rumors with a mysterious Tweet. The post was uploaded on Oct. 26, and it came with no caption. Now, fans can only speculate what it means.\r\n\r\n[embed]https:\/\/twitter.com\/EA\/status\/1187828019106238464[\/embed]\r\n\r\n\r\nHowever, the rumors are not pointing to new titles being released by EA on Steam. Among the existing titles mentioned are The Saboteur and Dragon Age 2.\r\n\r\nEA and Valve have reportedly been at loggerheads over the percentage share. The microtransactions couldn\u2019t easily be done on Steam as opposed to games being funneled to Origins. With the latter\u2019s platform, EA stands to earn more in micro-transactions, as well as gain more control.\r\n\r\nAnother reason is that it\u2019s harder for EA to post updates through the Steam platform.\r\n\r\nEA launched Origin in 2011 and then left Steam subscribers high and dry. Following the launch, EA immediately Crysis 2 from Valve\u2019s platform. When it released Battlefield 3, it was also an Origin exclusive. Soon after that, every EA-developed game has become an Origin-exclusive.\r\n\r\nAnother indication that EA is coming back to Steam is the test application discovered by @RobotBrush. The test application is used to determine the viability of running EA Origin games on Valve. What is means is that you need the origin to launch the game before going to Steam. A similar model is being used by Ubisoft through the Uplay launcher.\r\n\r\nIn the same vein, EA also needs to protect the Origin Access subscription service. It could not do so by throwing its exclusive titles on Steam.\r\n\r\nThe problem is both Valve and EA are not talking. They seemed content about letting fans speculate about the relationship.\r\n\r\nEven if there are no forthcoming new titles on Steam, EA still has plenty of games with a cult following. For instance, you have Mass Effect 3, FIFA series, and The SIMS 4.\r\n\r\nBut then again, new is a relative term. Could this mean that Mirror\u2019s Edge may also come to Steam? After all, it\u2019s still an old title, but perhaps not as old as Dragon Age 2. Whatever the case may be, both companies will stand to gain from the relationship.\r\n\r\nBesides, EA previously said that it really wants to work with several platforms to expand its reach. So, if the price is right, it would not be surprising to see EA titles back on Steam again.