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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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TemplarGR 4 December 2018 at 3:43 pm UTC
That explains the recent Valve royalty cut...

Valve is very greedy and lazy. And sadly they don't show signs of improving. They will only really try to change their ways when it is too late, as is always the case...
Shmerl 4 December 2018 at 3:43 pm UTC
x_wingEach 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.

I personally don't "install stores" I buy only DRM-free games, so yes that mean standalone installation.


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x_wing 4 December 2018 at 3:45 pm UTC
Shmerl
x_wingEach 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.

I personally don't "install stores" I buy only DRM-free games, so yes that mean standalone installation.

Yes, but even GoG now force you to have their if you want to play on multiplayer some games. Not to mention the bad support that GoG has give to Linux gaming...
Shmerl 4 December 2018 at 3:45 pm UTC
LibertyPaulMThey 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

From what I've heard, exclusives are dying out in consoles space. It makes zero sense for developers to limit their reach. I.e. as a developer you want to sell in all stores to reach more users. At least for independent developers, who aren't controlled by the store itself.


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Spyker 4 December 2018 at 3:55 pm UTC
ShmerlFrom what I've heard, exclusives are dying out in consoles space. It makes zero sense for developers to limit their reach. I.e. as a developer you want to sell in all stores to reach more users. At least for independent developers, who aren't controlled by the store itself.
Third party exclusives are dying, but not first party which are increasing.
On PC Fortnite can be considered as an Epic Store exclusive.
Shmerl 4 December 2018 at 3:57 pm UTC
SpykerThird party exclusives are dying, but not first party which are increasing.
On PC Fortnite can be considered as an Epic Store exclusive.

I don't care about first party ones most of the time, since they are by big publishers who push DRM. And as you said, third party exclusives aren't a thing and such developers are also more likely to release DRM-free and for Linux.
massatt212 4 December 2018 at 4:06 pm UTC
until EPIC Games bring fortnite to Linux Im not supporting them, i know they dont like windows but they dont act like they they love the platform
Kimyrielle 4 December 2018 at 4:07 pm UTC
More competition is a good thing. What the world however does NOT need is the kind of competition-less fragmentation where competitors open "stores" that more or less are meant for their own products, which they then refuse to sell anywhere else. Like...Origin. A true competitor for Steam would be a good thing, but we really don't need yet another DRM platform disguised as a store.
Schattenspiegel 4 December 2018 at 4:16 pm UTC
Yet another launcher/store.
Given the design of their webpage it will probably be a pretty annoying one as well.
Let them present a finished product and have a decent selection of titles(that better not be exclusive to their store) available and one may think about it otherwise... who cares.
Arehandoro 4 December 2018 at 4:17 pm UTC
First was individual installers due to each game coming in its own physical medium.
Then Steam came and for long time was the only one centralised platform to have it all.
After that, more centralised platforms appeared here and there to some extent.
Now there are quite a few platforms and the trend seems to llok at more in the future.
At the end it will be the same like before but without the physical medium.

Life's a circle.
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