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Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
9 December 2018 at 10:11 pm UTC

EhvisDo they actually sell anything right now? When they opened, everything was on "coming soon". That said, I seriously doubt you'll be able to do anything without the Epic Launcher.

Why not? If they claimed they don't enforce any DRM themselves, nothing stops them from providing DRM-free packages as long as developers that sell through them aren't DRM proponents. I don't expect them to be like GOG, but they can be at least like Humble and sell some games DRM-free.

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
9 December 2018 at 7:26 pm UTC

So the store is out. Does anyone know if they provide any DRM-free options in GOG / itch.io style? I.e. downloadable packages that don't require any client?

I was asking around, and no one seems to know.

Mesa 18.3.0 for those of you using the open source drivers
7 December 2018 at 9:00 pm UTC Likes: 2

Congrats! Quite a milestone for Mesa.

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

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
5 December 2018 at 1:25 am UTC Likes: 2

Purple Library GuyApple are really trying hard to be useless for gaming, huh?

They are obsessed with mobile cash cow and don't care about gaming or even about their own PC users, so it's not surprising.

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
4 December 2018 at 11:10 pm UTC Likes: 4

According to Ars Technica:

QuoteSweeney told Ars that the company plans to "start small" and will "sometimes fund developers to release games exclusively through the store"

Heh, that's not a promising start.

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
4 December 2018 at 5:14 pm UTC Likes: 2

BeamboomAnd Spyker is right, the battle for the exclusives are as hard as ever, only they use 1st party devs for that. That's why they (Microsoft, Sony, etc) purchase developers all the time.

Exclusives are only an issue when there is market monopolization. I.e. when publisher owns the distributor as well. As long as market is vertically separated, it's not a problem. The likes of EA who own Origin, or MS who own Windows store / Xbox store are a problem. But for me personally it's not an issue, since accidentally or not, such publishers are also most DRM obsessed, so I don't care about their games. For those who ignore DRM, it can be an issue.

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
4 December 2018 at 4:57 pm UTC Likes: 5

YoRHa-2B
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".

That was a while ago, and he also later posted about Linux in a more positive way. See here.

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
4 December 2018 at 4:55 pm UTC Likes: 3

MohandevirDo 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?

They look involved in the Vulkan and OpenXR working groups. Not sure if they ever actually contributed to FOSS code.

Valve have some serious competition, with the Epic Games Store being announced
4 December 2018 at 4:39 pm UTC Likes: 2

mirvUh.....FreeBSD!

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

RedoxOS?

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