Domgrief wrote on Apr 25, 2020, 00:23:
Cutter wrote on Apr 24, 2020, 21:48:
you don't have to use Steam anymore. Point in fact, you never had to.
This article - and Epic's statement - are entirely about the Google Play store. We're not yet at the point where you can only use the Windows Store without disabling confusing OS security settings.
As an EA person said in the comments:Except it is very obvious this is not about the 30% cut, otherwise they would be making the same public outcry and complaints against Apple, yet the title has been available on their App Store this entire time with nary a peep of complaint from them. Their story doesn't add up.
I maintain that this was never about the discount, but about getting Epic a foothold in the lucrative storefront business. Hence the discount, exclusives, and freebies that they have been fueling with Fortnite money.
As Valve and others have shown, if you can get a store going solidly, you can sit back and mostly stop relying on developing your own software products. Which is fine if that is their goal, I just wish they would stop trying to spin it as they are trying to 'save' small developers. Hell, the money they are using for this white knight attempt is coming from a game that they built on the backbone of a game FROM a small developer*.
* Before you start foaming at the mouth, I know that they only copied the BR mode idea and rapidly made it their own. Still, they never had the balls to credit PUBG or admit that they took the idea while helping the other developer with the Unreal engine. Maybe they couldn't for legal reasons, but it is MY opinion that it is another clear cut case that Epic doesn't give AF about small developers. They just want a slice of the pie.