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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FloorPie wrote on Apr 25, 2019, 20:01:
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.


Resale for PC games was already dead for a number of reasons. Steam was just the nail in the coffin and I'm one of those people that avoided Steam until 2010 or so. At least these days you can get a game "new" as it were on sale sometimes 40-75% off within a year. I don't recall seeing that very often in retail PC games unless its a closeout. Only store I see that happen at these days is Walmart for what few retail PC games they carry.

You can also turn off game updates if you want in Steam.

Anyone know if Gamestop still open new sealed games before selling them? That killed me from ever buying PC games from them.

Yes they still do that, but only with one copy so they can put it out on the shelf. But that's for console games... well at least at the location that I worked at 2002-2004. Even back then PC games already weren't being sold on the floor anymore. My location did not have a PC shelf, we took pre-orders for PC games but that was frequently the only count we'd get in, and they would stay in the back until the customer came to pick them up. Occasionally we'd have more than just the pre-order total, but again, the PC games were in the back and people had to know that was the situation.
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