You can sign up to get a daily email of our articles, see the Mailing List page!
Support us on Patreon to keep GamingOnLinux alive. This ensures we have no timed articles and no paywalls. Just good, fresh content! Alternatively, you can donate through Paypal, Flattr and Liberapay.!

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced

Posted by , | Views: 18,063

Epic Games have now officially announced their own store, which is certainly going to be one to keep an eye on.

I've been saying it for a while, especially after being privately shown screenshots of their newer launcher that Epic would be doing their own store. I was right on the money—for once.

Soon we'll launch the Epic Games store, and begin a long journey to advance the cause of all developers. The store will launch with a hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac, then it will open up more broadly to other games and to Android and other open platforms throughout 2019. 

Emphasis mine, because that could indicate Epic finally moving towards properly supporting Linux. I mean, apart from Windows, Mac and Android - what other open platforms are left that would be worth it? Linux. Apple have a very locked-down platform on mobile, so I would be doubtful of it going there. Same with the consoles, they're locked down.

The interesting thing here, is that Epic quite rightly have a massive pull in the industry. Fornite, only available through their launcher is the number 1 game in the world right now. Everyone knows what it is and so it's going to give Epic Games a good chance to be a very big store.

Not only that, their revenue share is 88% for developers, which is massive compared to most (better than Steam's). On top of that, if you're using Unreal Engine for your game Epic will even cover the 5% engine royalty in their cut. Although, to be clear, they state their store will be open to any game engine.

This is going to be a massive kick up Valve's backside to do better at everything. I'm all for it, competition is healthy even if I do groan at times at "yet another launcher". Epic have been doing good work with their community, so hopefully we will be able to get in on this next year. Heck, if Fortnite came to Linux—my son and I would be over the moon with joy. But I don't want to get too ahead of myself there…

See their announcement here.

What are your thoughts?

39 Likes, Who?
We do often include affiliate links to earn us some pennies. We are currently affiliated with GOG and Humble Store. See more information here.
173 comments
Page: 1/18»
  Go to:

ajgp 4 December 2018 at 3:29 pm UTC
I really hope they support Linux as with the low % take they could really hoover up the indies where the extra revenue they would see would be keenly felt. And the lack of a Linux version of the storefront could be detrimental to us in the longterm.

Time to start tweeting EPIC lobbying for a commitment to a Linux version of the storefront.
vipor29 4 December 2018 at 3:29 pm UTC
i'll believe it when i see it if they put there launcher to linux and have support for some of there games.look at GOG where is the launcher for that? people are just not giving linux a chance at all and it is sad.valve has really been the only one to give it a shot and it has helped linux a great deal when it comes to being a decent game platform.i am hoping 2019 is a very very big year for linux.
morgancoxuk 4 December 2018 at 3:31 pm UTC
Maybe they are planning to support Hurd...
Boldos 4 December 2018 at 3:36 pm UTC
Yeah...
"...PC and Mac..."
...sounds so not Linux at all


Last edited by Boldos at 4 December 2018 at 3:50 pm UTC
Shmerl 4 December 2018 at 3:39 pm UTC
I'm surprised they didn't mention Linux explicitly. With Tim Sweeney constantly complaining about MS lock-in, you would have expected him to put Linux front and center in the store announcement. I don't care about launchers, but let's hope the store will have DRM-free options.


Last edited by Shmerl at 4 December 2018 at 3:40 pm UTC
x_wing 4 December 2018 at 3:39 pm UTC
People will really piss off for having such a huge number of stores in order to have their games. All this stupidity will just benefit console gaming in the end...
Shmerl 4 December 2018 at 3:40 pm UTC
x_wingPeople will really piss off for having such a huge number of stores in order to have their games. All this stupidity will just benefit console gaming in the end...

Number of stores is not a problem (or do you prefer oligopoly?), as long as they won't start pushing the sick exclusives approach.
x_wing 4 December 2018 at 3:42 pm UTC
Shmerl
x_wingPeople will really piss off for having such a huge number of stores in order to have their games. All this stupidity will just benefit console gaming in the end...

Number of stores is not a problem (or do you prefer oligopoly?), as long as they won't start pushing the sick exclusives approach.

Each company now has a store, and you're almost forced to have it installed in order to play the game. The problem is that you can't have anymore a standalone installation and that will piss off a lot of people, believe me.
Ehvis 4 December 2018 at 3:43 pm UTC
View PC info
  • Supporter
That 12% is something they had to do if they wanted to stand any kind of chance since they can't offer a customer base of a few hundred million people. Question remains what they will do for that. Steam is a whole lot more than just a store and it remains to be seen how effective they will be in the competition.
LibertyPaulM 4 December 2018 at 3:43 pm UTC
Shmerl
x_wingPeople will really piss off for having such a huge number of stores in order to have their games. All this stupidity will just benefit console gaming in the end...

Number of stores is not a problem (or do you prefer oligopoly?), as long as they won't start pushing the sick exclusives approach.

They will push the exclusives approach. With more and more competing stores, they will each need something to set themselves apart from the competition. Enter exclusives. It happened with streaming services, it will happen here too. It's been happening in console gaming for years
  Go to:
While you're here, please consider supporting GamingOnLinux on Patreon or Liberapay. We have no adverts, no paywalls, no timed exclusive articles. Just good, fresh content. Without your continued support, we simply could not continue!

We also accept Paypal donations and subscriptions! If you already are, thank you!

Due to spam you need to Register and Login to comment.


Or login with...

Livestreams & Videos
None currently, submit yours here!
See more!
Popular this week
View by Category
Contact
Latest Comments
Latest Forum Posts