MeanJim wrote on Apr 18, 2019, 22:34:
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Apr 18, 2019, 18:58:
Ohh great now EPIC store isn't happy just bribing the developers, they are trying to bribe the customer too?
Ok, I'm no fan of the EGS, but how is this different than when Steam and GOG gives away games?
Your premise is wrong already.
Neither EGS nor Steam nor GOG is really giving away free games.
The publishers are giving away free games. They are giving away free games either completely on their own terms (e.g. giving away the base game hoping to promote DLC sales or to promote the sale of a new title in the same franchise) or they might get incentivized by the game store to run a giveaway.
In case of the EGS giveaways it is the latter. The publishers get monies from Epic so Epic can promote their store with these freebies.
I'm very sure that Steam is not doing anything of this sort. When a game is given away on Steam it is the publisher giving away the game for some reason. In most cases, as stated above, to promote a new franchise title or in expectation to make money from DLC sales.
As for GOG, I could imagine that CD Projekt incentivizes some
of the freebies to promote their store. They are mostly giving away ancient games anyway so the incentive costs are probably rather low.