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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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42. Re: Sweeney: Valve Matching Epic's Commission Would End EGS Exclusives Apr 25, 2019, 19:26 Total-Khaos
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 18:46:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 18:12:
Beamer wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 16:14:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 15:36:
Bodolza wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 13:47:
People sure do have short memories. Steam is anti-consumer, monopolistic trash. I'd be happy to see the platform die ASAP. They're solely responsible for the death of right of resale for PC games. How rich that people complain about exclusives, when Steam itself already has tons of exclusives.

It's a privacy nightmare with the ability to track everything you do. It forces updates both for its own client and applications more frequently and forcefully than Microsoft ever did. It's a resource hog even when doing nothing. It's also full of DRM.

I personally try to use GOG for as many purchases as possible.

Third-party exclusives are the epitome of anti-consumer choice. Valve has never engaged in this on their platform. There's no justification for it beyond artificially building a user base quickly instead of building a better platform than Steam and letting it naturally grow through consumer choice.

The bottomline is EGS has NOTHING on Steam and Epic knows this. So the only way they can bring people to their platform is force them to. That's not sustainable.

Any game using Steamworks is a Steam exclusive. You can buy it elsewhere, but you're locked into Steam as a distribution model. Plenty of other games are also locked into Steam, if unofficially - there are literally tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of games only available via Steam.

That argument is NOT a valid comparison of the type of exclusivity we're talking about and you know it. Please don't grasp.

Functionally, it is. The result is there's only one service for you to use. You're just caught up in who is at fault, but the result is the same, so I couldn't be bothered to endlessly complain about it.

This isn't even a valid argument in my opinion. If a game developer chooses which distribution platform to use based on all of the offerings, fee structures, and features of said platform...and just happens to only choose Steam...you cannot fault anyone but the game developer for not branching out. However, if one of the said platforms decides to kick a bunch of money their way to make that decision easier (exclusivity bribe), then that is when this becomes anti-consumer all the way to the bank. It isn't saying "hey we'll give you some money to put your game in our store in order to compete with other stores" it is "hey we'll give you some money to put your game ONLY in our store and we will compete with nobody" instead.

EDIT: Just as others have said, if you put the EGS next to Steam, the EGS gets blown out of the water. Epic will be scared...real scared...when they cannot secure exclusivity deals any longer and consumers have a choice between using the EGS and Steam for popular titles. Frankly, you'd have to be a complete idiot to choose EGS over Steam from a purely functional standpoint as a consumer.
 
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