Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Epic Games Store: direct Steam competition

Epic Games Store: direct Steam competition

Epic Games has made a reputation for being cryptic and leaving clues for players to discover. The store will also support mods, non-commercial games and free-to-play stuff, as Steam does, and DRM is entirely optional.

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. This latest installment was announced in 2014 as a sort of opensource development version of the game. Apart from that, certain publishers like Activision, EA, and Ubisoft prefer to release their games on their own platforms like Uplay.

The store will initially launch on PC and Mac and will eventually also be available on Android and other "open platforms" in 2019. 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. However, you won't be excluded if you use Unreal 4.

It is unclear how gamers will benefit from the Store as Epic Games has not revealed anything about the Store's functionality and features.

"The math is quite simple: we pay around 2.5 to 3.5 percent for payment processing for major payment methods, less than 1.5 percent for CDN costs, and between 1 and 2 percent for variable operating and customer support costs". "But with developers receiving 88% of revenue and Epic receiving 12%, this store will be a profitable business for us". The new tiered system adjusts the revenue share to 75%/25% and 80%/20% when game earnings exceed $10 million and $50 million on Steam.

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Epic's Nick Chester would later tell fans that the big Game Awards announcement wasn't linked to Season 7.

Read the full post on the Epic site.

Steam was originally a form of digital rights management (DRM) produced by Valve Software in a bid to protect its own games from piracy.

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The Epic Games Store will no doubt receive competition from established marketplaces like GOG, Itch.io, and Steam, but Sweeney says that now was as good a time as any to start up a new storefront.

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