Epic Games May Take On Steam With New Game Store
Epic Games, the company that brought the famous Fortnite game to our consoles, laptops and even phones, are now all set to launch their own game store. Steam is currently one of the biggest game stores in the world with over 150 million users. If Epic games does start a game store, they will compete with big players like Steam and GOG. The company has also revealed that it won’t just be selling games that have been made using their own Unreal Engine. This indicates that there will be games made using competing game engines such as the popular Unreal Engine. A popular game made in the Unreal Engine is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), which is a direct competitor to Fortnite. Other famous games include Sea of Thieves, Conan Exiles and Mass Effect 1,2 and 3.
What’s In ‘Store’?
Epic Games’ CEO also told a gaming website that a larger share of the pie would be had by developers compared to other game stores. Epic Games will offer a 88% revenue share for developers. This, compared to the recently revised 70/30 split that’s offered by Valve’s Steam platform is a lion’s share. This move may make developers focus their strategies around the Epic Games’ marketplace. They have also stated that if you’re using Unreal Engine, Epic will cover the 5% engine royalty for sales on the Epic Games store, out of Epic’s 12%. The company has also announced that a developer will have total control of their game page and newsfeed. There will be no store-placed ads or cross-marketing of competing games on their page. There will also be no paid ads in search results.
Furthermore, the Epic Games Support-A-Creator program will help developers reach creators. Creators include YouTube content creators, Twitch streamers and bloggers who can help the developer reach players. These offers may entice newbie developers to join the store. According to the company, the store will launch with a hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac. It will then open up to other games and to Android and other open platforms, throughout 2019. More details regarding the store will be revealed at The Game Awards on Thursday, December 6th.