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EA and Ubisoft now carrying each other's games on Origin and Uplay

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Uplay SimCity

Some weird cosmic alignment must be taking place today, because a number of EA games—including the sparkling Crysis 3 and pre-orders for SimCity —showed up on Ubisoft's Uplay store . It's no less strange on the digital shelves of EA's Origin , where Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 3 sit prominently on the store's splash page. What's going on? As Ubisoft announces today in a press release, it's all part of expanding third-party support to bring titles from various developers.

And those various developers are:

  • Warner Bros. Interactive
  • 1C Company
  • bitComposer Games
  • Bohemia Interactive
  • Encore Software
  • Focus Home Interactive
  • Freebird Games
  • Iceberg Interactive
  • Nordic Games
  • Paradox Interactive
  • Recoil Games
  • Robot Entertainment
  • Telltale Games
  • Torn Banner Studios

Ubisoft also says plunking down $20 or more on Uplay through March 4 nets you a free copy of Driver: San Francisco, From Dust, Might & Magic Heroes VI, Rayman Origins, The Settlers 7 or World in Conflict.

What say you? Are we all seeing the stirrings of stronger, teamed-up competition for Steam and GOG?

Omri Petitte is a former PC Gamer associate editor and long-time freelance writer covering news and reviews. If you spot his name, it probably means you're reading about some kind of first-person shooter. Why yes, he would like to talk to you about Battlefield. Do you have a few days?