WannaLogAlready wrote on Aug 7, 2020, 21:54:
Wonderful, got it.
Seems to me this deluge of important free games from various sources started thanks to the EGS, am I right ?
The Humble Store has had some pretty well rated freebies - many of which were high profile Codemasters games - at least as far back as 2014 (see such as this Blue's post about a Tropico 3 giveaway
), but GOG was there (albeit more intermittently) as far as their Broken Sword giveaway in 2011
. Origin had their on the house program from 2014-2018 (though most of their freebies were so old that even GOG wouldn't headline them), and Uplay has been on the bandwagon since 2016 or so.
These used to mark anniversaries or other milestones to get publicity, but by 2016 or so both GOG and Humble were using freebies to get people onto their website when they launched a new seasonal sale. By that time Steam was already moving away from its headline discounts and flash sales in favour of gamifying the sales.
(I have no idea to what extent this might have been inspired by or made easier to negotiate with publishers in the wake of Playstation Plus (2010) and Games with Gold (2013).)
My opinion is that regular, high quality freebies had become pretty commonplace well before Epic even had developers working on the Epic Games Store.
The cadence and RRP of the games being handed out by Epic is certainly unlike anything I've seen on PC before, but I'm not convinced that anyone else's
behaviour has changed significantly. Bethesda and Ubi's recent giveaways appear to be trying to draw attention because they can't get bring the press to conventions in these uncertain times.