Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Epic Games Store challenges Steam with 88 percent revenue going to developers

Epic Games Store challenges Steam with 88 percent revenue going to developers

The Epic Games Store will have a universal revenue split of 88% for all developers with "no tiers or thresholds". Simply off perception, Epic's timing couldn't be better for developers looking for a better option.

We could be seeing a season finale in-game event live at The Game Awards, and players at home would probably be able to see it in their games as well or interact with what's happening live somehow.

It is nearly certain that Epic's store won't have games from Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Blizzard, and other game developers or publishers that operate their own Store.

Epic Games is historically known for its Unreal Engine and more recently for a teeny-weeny game you may know called Fortnite. If you're using Unreal Engine, then Epic Games will waive all royalties generated through the storefront. You can find more information on the Epic Games Store here.

Details about its "hand-curated" launch lineup are promised to debut at the Game Awards conference this coming Thursday.

In addition to all the major games software companies setting up their own Steam-like game clients, Valve is also facing increased competition from GOG and Discord, the latter of which is widely used by PC gamers to talk to teammates during online cooperative and other games.

Unlike Steam, the Epic Games Store will not host any kind of community forums, instead opting to reach customers through a news feed.

YouTube content creators, Twitch streamers, bloggers, and others are at the leading edge of game discovery. In both cases, Epic emphasized that the change was the result of the high volume of transactions that have resulted from the overwhelming success of Fortnite.

We'll have an approval process for new developers to go through to release a title. The company will support Windows and macOS at launch, but it will also support "other open platforms", including Android and presumably Linux, next year.

Steam is a massive platform and it's hard to imagine Epic will wipe it out completely, but they're making the right steps to counter Valve's goliath sales machine. Epic Games has had a tough stance on Google especially when it comes to the fees involved in the Google Play Store.

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