Epic Games launches online store to compete with Valve's steam Store

Epic Games launches online store to compete with Valve's steam Store

Epic Games launches online store to compete with Valve's steam Store

In comparison, Steam has Valve take around 20 to 30 percent of revenue from developers. That'd be enough to keep most busy but not Epic; the company also teased a Fortnite world premiere for The Game Awards tomorrow. It might also mean the pull-back of Epic Games from the Google Play Store in the future.

Epic Games have previously landed in hot water as rapper 2 Milly has entered legal proceedings for Fortnite's inclusion of the "Milly Rock" dance known as the in-game "Swipe It" emote. Games created on all engines are welcome in the store. On top of that, if the title uses Epic's Unreal Engine, then Epic will cover 5% of the royalty for using the engine out of that 12%. It's no secret the Play Store is absolutely stagnant when it comes to discovery, with the majority of releases taking a backseat to the many large developers conveniently provided all of the prominent real estate.

Getting developers and content creators on Twitch or Steam on board is a crucial step, and it appears that Epic Games has that step covered. 'Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.

The Store will launch "soon", according to Epic CEO Tim Sweeney, who told Ars Technica that it will arrive with a "hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac" and additional games coming throughout 2019. This maneuver, which is aimed at keeping the biggest games on Steam and attracting publishers away from their respective digital storefronts, caused a stir in the indie community. What is it? Well, it's essentially your own custom Fortnite Server with Unlimited Resources, player Servers and more! The company notes that it won't allow paid ads in search results, either.

The truth is, Epic Games does make plenty of money from the feature, which charges players a small fee to unlock each dance for their character. "But with developers receiving 88 per cent of revenue and Epic receiving 12 per cent, this store will still be a profitable business for us", he explained.

Epic's chart detailing its revenue split for sales on its new Epic Games online store.

Related news