Epic Games to take on Steam with its own digital games store
Dec 05 2018
The company is now making a big play in the realm of digital downloads with its upcoming Epic Games Store, and it has Steam squarely in its crosshairs.
Now that Fortnite is well on the path to world domination, Epic has made a decision to take the fight to Steam.
The launch date and precise line-up of games is yet to be revealed, but Sweeney said that the Epic Games Store would "start small", but seek a competitive advantage by funding developers in return for exclusivity - similar to the business model adopted by games console companies. "Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers". This is typically in exchange for a 5 percent share in the game's royalties, but for an Unreal game's sales on the Epic store, Epic has promised to cover that royalty out of its 12 percent share.
The first Season 7 teaser image, which was released on December 3, appeared to drop a massive hint that the theories were correct as it showed an icy silhouette and came with the caption: "A bitter ice spreads". Ultimately, we hope competition between stores means better deals for all developers! Because of the high volume of Fortnite transactions, we can process store payments, serve bandwidth, and support customers very efficiently. The 10,000-strong Epic Games Support-A-Creator program helps you reach creators, so they can help you reach players. Creators like YouTubers and Twitch streamers will be able to refer players to buy games on the store, where creators can earn money. Meanwhile, games that generate more than $50 million will see an increased saving, with the Valve tax reduced to 20%. There are a number of principles that the store will operate on, and all of them are set on establishing a shared space for both developers, content creators, and gamers alike. We'll see it launch first for PC and Mac before eventually spreading to Android and other platforms next year, and we'll find out what some of those launch titles are at The Game Awards later this week. As we work toward opening up generally to developers in mid-2019, we plan to set a reasonable quality threshold. As a result of this, the company ended-up recommending users to install its game from outside the Play Store, including from third-party Android app stores.