Epics Steam Competitor Comes at the Perfect Time
I still remember the smell of my musty basement where we kept the family computer. Jazz Jackrabbit just came out, and it was 5 in the morning and I was booting up the Pentium chip based computer
Over 20 years later Epic is now going to compete against tech mega titans like Apple and Steam. They’ve announced their plans to open an app store.
The best part about their new platform is the ratios of revenue split with game developers. they promise 88 percent of the profits to go to game makers, while they only keep 12 percent
Unfortunately, the store is still in its infancy stage. There is a small amount of titles available. Meanwhile Valve supports tens of thousands of titles.
What is the secret sauce that will get Epic’s store on it’s feet? Fortnite Every time Fortnite is installed, an Epic launcher is also installed with the Epic store conveniently attached.
As it stands right now, most game developers release their games on Steam. Companies are willing to take the hit because they know their content will be available to the millions of Steam patrons. Some developers like EA and Ubisoft operate their own digital store, so they may be less inclined to be on the Steam store. Have you seen their titles on Steam? Let us know in the comments.
Last year alone, it is estimated that Steam made over 4.3 billion in revenue. This doesn’t include the 30 percent cut they take for in-game purchases. Their company also makes a ton of income from their classes like Counter-Strike, Half-Life, and Team Fortress.
Apple does have a leg-up over Steam in several areas Apple can control the hardware and software the games are installed on. Steam cannot prevent users from picking another online game store.
Epic’s timing looks perfect. It is giving developers at 5% discount if they use the Unreal Engine. As a software developer, I’ve had the pleasure to work with the Unreal Engine. I’ve been very impressed. Developers will also get to keep 88% of sales on top of that.
Are you a developer?;Do you prefer to sell your games on Steam? Or do you go through other methods.
Are you a gamer? How do you download most of your games? Does Epic have a shot? Let us know in the comments.>