Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Epic Games Store now open, continues crusade against revenue sharing

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Sherri Watson | 08 December, 2018, 07:02

And if they're using Epic Games' Unreal Engine, they can even waive the usual 5% royalty Epic requires them to pay.

Back in 2015, we informed you about some games that were leaked to be coming on the PC. Positioned as a competitor to Steam in the PC marketplace, Epic's store is pretty barebones at the minute, but it is just the beginning. Providing the promotion ends next December 31st, that's more than 25 games that will be given away to everyone who has an account.

The store only contains three purchasable games, so isn't ready to knock Steam out just yet. The first will be Subnautica, available between 14 and 27 December 2018, and the second Super Meat Boy, between 28 December 2018 and 10 January 2019.

Three other games that were released some time ago - Darksiders III, Subnautica and Super Meat Boy - will soon be added to the catalogue. At its most popular, about 8 million people were playing the game at one time.

But while that revenue split might draw more game creators to the store, right now it's extremely small and simplistic.

What's more is, it will be available to "additional games and other open platforms throughout 2019".

The latest announcement also shared some important notes about how this will work, including what it means for developers. This is not too dissimilar to EA making select games free on its Origin store.

Epic Games launched the company's game store today; the company will make free games available every two weeks on the Store.

Services on PS4 and Xbox One as well as Twitch and EA's Access all dole out games for the price of a regular subscription, but Epic is offering their freebies without any monthly subscription fee.

While this selection is sure to grow, it's clear Epic Games store isn't going to be anything like Steam in the near future.