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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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wvstolzing 4 December 2018 at 4:25 pm UTC
eldakingRegarding this new Epic store... this company has a single product so far, which isn't available on Linux. I would not call this promising for us.

Nah, Jazz Jackrabbit Collection is available on Linux -- and DRM-free to boot.

The sequel isn't though.
Liam Dawe 4 December 2018 at 4:29 pm UTC
I think people need to look outside the bubble for a moment. Look at what happened with Steam, we didn't think it was really coming and it eventually did. At that time, Valve also had nothing on Linux.

Why are people instantly counting Epic out, when the situation is the same? Like I said in the article, there's no other "open" platform left - it's got to be Linux.
mirv 4 December 2018 at 4:29 pm UTC
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Well, this is more or less how Steam started. Epic have an engine they geared towards open development, they have a marketplace for content for that engine, and they have a successful game they don't want others to take cuts out of. So I'm not surprised by this at all (actually I'm surprised Unity3D haven't done someething similar by now).

I've been saying for quite a while that Valve need competition in the GNU/Linux space (the Windows space I no longer care for). I don't know if this is what I would consider proper competition, but it has potential to be. Depends what Epic go and do with it. Remains to be seen - but honestly, while I don't agree with a proprietary storefront, at the very least Valve have been investing in areas that do benefit GNU/Linux (the reason I've always maintained is to ensure that they're not reliant on Microsoft rather than anything altruistic, and GNU/Linux was just the most convenient, but that's still beneficial).

So ultimately....I'm undecided, but we'll see how this unfolds.
mirv 4 December 2018 at 4:32 pm UTC
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liamdaweI think people need to look outside the bubble for a moment. Look at what happened with Steam, we didn't think it was really coming and it eventually did. At that time, Valve also had nothing on Linux.

Why are people instantly counting Epic out, when the situation is the same? Like I said in the article, there's no other "open" platform left - it's got to be Linux.

Ouya!

Uh.....FreeBSD!

Hmm....give me time, I'm sure I can think of something else.
Shmerl 4 December 2018 at 4:39 pm UTC
mirvUh.....FreeBSD!

Hmm....give me time, I'm sure I can think of something else.

RedoxOS?


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Salvatos 4 December 2018 at 4:40 pm UTC
mirv
liamdaweI think people need to look outside the bubble for a moment. Look at what happened with Steam, we didn't think it was really coming and it eventually did. At that time, Valve also had nothing on Linux.

Why are people instantly counting Epic out, when the situation is the same? Like I said in the article, there's no other "open" platform left - it's got to be Linux.

Ouya!

Uh.....FreeBSD!

Hmm....give me time, I'm sure I can think of something else.
The Atari thing?
Mohandevir 4 December 2018 at 4:42 pm UTC
mirv... at the very least Valve have been investing in areas that do benefit GNU/Linux...

Do Epic ever contributed to some open source projects? I don't know the answer to this question but could it be the reason why we are so skeptical about Epic going Linux?

Still, I may be wrong, but Valve started contributing after the initial Linux announcement. Something similar may still apply to Epic. Let's wait and see.
ixnari 4 December 2018 at 4:42 pm UTC
Oh good, ANOTHER digital distribution platform. Just what I wanted for xmas.

Speculation and wishful thinking is what all of this boils down to. "Other open platforms" is too vague. Until Epic mentions Linux specifically, this is a non-story.
orochi_kyo 4 December 2018 at 4:45 pm UTC
People speak of a oligopoly, Epic launcher is pretty much that. I had to install it to play the new UT beta some years ago and I dont think Epic store will be any different.
Also to be competency of Steam you have to be more than just a store. Its easy to live on the UK or the US and pretend that these stores are competency for Steam since you receive support from these stores. You behave like elitist first world kids who got all the attention, but what for third world consumers like me?
Steam offers me games on MY currency and also give me servers to download near to my country. Which other stores does this? None.
Its easy for Liam and other people here to pretend Epic would be some kind of competency for Steam, you had your prices on dollars, euros or pounds but the rest of the world remain obscure for these stores, while Steam is selling games to penguins on fish currency.
Sorry for sound like a Valve pawn but after the promises of Origin becoming a competency for Steam, well, I dont expect nothing special anymore.
Also Valve just need to release Left 4 Dead 3 with open world elements, costumes and hats and say goodbye to Fortnite.
YoRHa-2B 4 December 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC
ShmerlI'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.
Except there's this tweet which is basically a big fat "Nope".
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