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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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14. Re: Sweeney: Valve Matching Epic's Commission Would End EGS Exclusives Apr 25, 2019, 13:02 Darks
 
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. Neither can Epic by the way, it's ability to do so now is due to its lack of equivalent features resulting in lower overhead and its Fortnite warchest. Epic did a lot of market research and sales analysis before they started this, the whole SteamSpy thing was especially telling.

Anyways I think publishers will largely take Epic's free money and then continue to move more of their IP into their own little silos (uPlay, Origin, etc) anyway, I'm not sure this is going to keep panning out much longer. This sounds like Sweeney playing the PR game and trying to come across the good guy fighting for the little consumer or developer. I'm not really convinced based on what I've seen so far but ultimately I don't really care where I buy something, I just want competitive features and pricing.

If this is true, I would say that Epic is walking a thin rope and if they are not careful they will fall off of it.

If it wasn't for Fortnight I dont think they would be offering up those bounties and luring publishers to them. As you say, I dont know how much longer they can keep this up. I think Tim Sweeney is not telling it like it really is.

Honestly, I wouldn't mind one bit seeing Tim Sweeney fall flat on his face.
 
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