Despite all the big talk this year, EA is hurting. They’re laying off 10% of the workforce world-wide, which is about a thousand people. Some studios are closing, others are being consolidated. And now, EA games are showing up on Steam.

Yeah, on Steam, when EA has its own online store. Perhaps sales there aren’t too great. Why else would they put some of their “big” titles on a competing distributor?

Foremost of the bunch is Spore. And according to the Steam forum, there is no DRM on it, aside from what Steam uses. Some people are still dubious, though, and I don’t think there has been an official announcement that Spore has no SecuROM.

On the other hand, if you’ve been holding off on Spore because of the odious DRM – even though EA has now issued the install revoker – you may want to keep an eye on this.

Other titles currently available – but no word yet on what, if any, DRM they have – are Mass Effect, Need for Speed Undercover, EA Sports FIFA Manager 2009, and Warhammer Online.

Scheduled for future release are Mirror’s Edge, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, and Dead Space. I’ll just mention in passing that both Mirror’s Edge and Dead Space had disappointing sales.

Looks like EA is really desperate for money, and they’ll take it any way they can get it. Even if it means going to the competition. For those interested, I provide a link to the Steam forum topic discussing the DRM (or lack thereof) on Spore.

Spore DRM thread on Steam forums