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
, 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
). 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.