Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Store Wars: Epic Games Takes on Valve, Google with Own Games Store

Store Wars: Epic Games Takes on Valve, Google with Own Games Store

The store's revenue share model makes it attractive for publishers who might upload their games to the Epic Games Store and to Steam to reach a wider audience.

The relationship with game developers seems to be the Store's main selling point.

According to a report by GamesIndustry, Epic Games is launching a competitor to Steam.

Last week, Valve announced changes to the revenue split within the Steam Store, cutting its take as a game's profit steadily increases.

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Epic Games announced Tuesday that the Epic Games store is coming soon to PC and Mac, with eventual plans to also come to Android as well as other "open platforms" in 2019.

The Epic Games Store won't just be selling games built using the company's popular Unreal Engine, with Epic indicating that even titles made in competing engines, such as Unity, will be available. If so, which do you use? But with developers receiving 88 percent of revenue and Epic receiving 12 percent, this store will still be a profitable business for us. This program will expand to the Epic Games Store as a whole, allowing players to directly support creators from YouTube, Twitch, and other platforms. Epic will cover the first 5% of creator revenue-sharing for the first 24 months.

MCV talked to Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney about the new store. 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.

The aim of the tweaks to the Steam commission structure is to provide a bigger incentive for the big games companies to stick with the platform, rather than set-up their own.

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Read the full post on the Epic site. 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.

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

One of the simplest clues that Epic Games has left for us have been the first teasers for every season.

You are likely aware that The Game Awards will be featuring Fortnite, and you might know that some kind of a "World Premiere" is planned at the event.

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