I think anything related to gaming and ‘will they be there in 5 years’ is at it’s most optimistic, a maybe. Remember THQ? Pretty sure they would have gotten a probably rating by pretty much everyone before all the ballywho ensued. Not quite the same thing, but you get the drift. Given how top heavy and bottom line aggressive EA is, I think they are actually a good candidate for implosion. It only takes a couple of spectacular failures to start the panic mode behavior in both stock holders and employees, which is a very quick downward spiral in the current market.
Gaming is a volatile business, and regardless of implied security, the enormous investment in AAA can sink even the Titanic of companies. There could also be some yet as unknown market shift or new shiny thing that completely tanks the industry as a whole. I’m sure all the people in the beeper business thought they had it made.
Anyhow, sorry for the slight derail. I trust Steam about as much as anyone, and generally only get my stuff there. This is doubly true now with their refund policy. Given how many great games there are around now, I just don’t really ‘need’ to get anything that isn’t on steam, and I like not having to keep track of 5 different overlays and front ends that clog up my system etc.