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

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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?

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qptain Nemo 6 December 2018 at 9:34 pm UTC
Guest[Good read, witten January 2018]

So You Want To Compete With Steam
https://www.fortressofdoors.com/so-you-want-to-compete-with-steam/

Many good points are addressed, and strictly within the PC space.

"For one, there's no way in hell you're going to be able to manage the amount of traffic and server load they do."
Even Amazon learned this lesson. A-M-A-Z-O-N!
What a great article. :'D It made me about 300% less worried about this whole thing.

GuestI do wonder if EPIC Games Store is simply going to be a ported version of WeGame.

https://www.wegame.com/
If it is I really hope they keep the cute anime girls. (. ‿ . )
Shmerl 7 December 2018 at 7:22 am UTC
It launched.

QuoteMatt Bertz of Game Informer: Does the store use any style of digital right management, and can players play these games offline or is an internet connection required?

Tim Sweeney: We do not have any store-wide DRM. Developers are free to use their own DRM solutions if they choose.

It's not clear though, if they provide DRM-free packages/installers like GOG. So far there is no word on it.


Last edited by Shmerl at 7 December 2018 at 7:25 am UTC
Kristian 7 December 2018 at 9:51 am UTC
It does however sound like they have nothing like CEG. It seems like a "You want DRM? You supply DRM" attitude. If they stick to that it is an advantage over Steam.
Ehvis 7 December 2018 at 9:56 am UTC
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KristianIt does however sound like they have nothing like CEG. It seems like a "You want DRM? You supply DRM" attitude. If they stick to that it is an advantage over Steam.

Or not. The Steam DRM is not particularly invasive. The "other" drm that might be chosen instead could be a lot worse.
qptain Nemo 7 December 2018 at 10:44 am UTC
The Steam DRM is completely optional.
wvstolzing 7 December 2018 at 10:52 am UTC
I took a look ... and ... is that all the user interface that they have? It might work on a mobile phone, but on a large screen it looks ridiculous.
FredO 7 December 2018 at 10:57 am UTC
It looks like Supergiant's next game Hades will have an Early Access release on the Epic Store. I don't see any mention of it on Steam yet. Let the exclusives begin...
wvstolzing 7 December 2018 at 11:03 am UTC
FredOIt looks like Supergiant's next game Hades will have an Early Access release on the Epic Store. I don't see any mention of it on Steam yet. Let the exclusives begin...

Likewise for the formerly PS exclusive 'Journey'.
Having seen the video by Matthewmatosis, I'm really intrigued by that one.
Eike 7 December 2018 at 11:06 am UTC
NeptNutz like...

Guest[Good read, witten January 2018]

So You Want To Compete With Steam
https://www.fortressofdoors.com/so-you-want-to-compete-with-steam/

Many good points are addressed, and strictly within the PC space.

Article like...
QuoteStraight up bribe players to use your system

New shop like...
QuoteEpic Games store and our partners team up to give you a free game every two weeks

You shouldn't have linked the article, now they know...!
Comandante Ñoñardo 7 December 2018 at 12:12 pm UTC
The epic store was heavily advertised at The Game Awards, with some exclusive games like Satisfactory....

But again, it will be a fail if they don't implement regional prices in local currencies with local payment methods and multiple operative systems..
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