Sweeney: Valve Matching Epic's Commission Would End EGS Exclusives

Epic Games has taken a lot of heat from some segments of the game community over deals to make games exclusive to the Epic Games Store. In this tweet, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney throws down the gauntlet on this, saying that if Steam permanently lowers its commission on sales to match Epic's 12% take, this would end their pursuit of exclusives, and would even lead to Epic Games being sold on Steam (thanks DSOGaming). Here's word:
If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.

Such a move would be a glorious moment in the history of PC gaming, and would have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come.

Then stores could go back to just being nice places to buy stuff, rather than the Game Developer IRS.
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Kain wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 10:46:
There were some twitter threads by devs I was following with a fair amount of analysis on why Epic chose this percentage. People concluded that it's actually very close to the breakeven point and that Steam's margins are nowhere near what people think they are. Once you factor in third party keys, overhead and etc, Steam can't really operate at this margin in the long term.
Ah the twitter pro's, god love'em. Wink
This article says the exact opposite and that Steam take is already at ~20%.
"When the revenue Valve is missing from these Steam keys is taken out, the company's average cut across these popular games hovers around 20 percent of all sales revenue rather than 30 percent"

My guess is if your base rate is 20 or lower you could not run efficiently if you got no vig from 30% of the games you host for free.

i'm not a gambler so i probably did not use vig properly
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