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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Apr 25, 2019, 17:18
 Rilcon
 
I'm not sure when we collectively decided that buying a game off a retail store and then opening it to find just a Steam key, or a game installer that first installs Steam, was super OK.

I bought the game in a store, a physical copy, and the thing turns out to be 100% tied to Steam. I cannot play without steam, without installing their store, without having to log into their store and using their services and being tied to their terms of service and their extensive user and activity tracking. Even though it's a game on a disk I bought at a brick and mortar shop, it's a Steam exclusive and I now have to have Steam store on my system.

And we all have now decided that that was OK, but this, this isn't.
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