Beamer wrote on May 23, 2019, 11:22:
Did they have time? I don't think so. Unless they started building this in 2014, they have no chance to catch up to Valve.
Do they have money? Yes
I think they had plenty of time. And I'm the first one here to think someone armcharing like I'm about to doesn't know all sides of a story, but this all seems pretty clear to me so... they could have started this (with the full intent to make a full blown Steam competitor) by building it as a store front for all of the virtual items sold for Fortnight, then gotten to at least having basic things in place like a shopping cart (for ffs).
They'd then have that entire player base seeing a feature complete (or nearly), full-blown store form. Then add the news that they'll be carrying other titles with a 13% revenue split and huzzah! we have our competent
I have to assume that would have given them much larger profit margins during the build up then whatever pile of money they must be giving out to do these exclusives. Even if they did the payed exclusives at that point I'd have enough trust in the development of the store front to use it.
I really don't get the mentality here of must needing to defend EGS's name no matter the cost! When A) the 13% take is obviously a race to the bottom to keep going for as long as they can afford to (due to their war chest from Fortnite). And B) the lack-luster state of the store drawing virtually no criticism from the pro-camp. It's ok to do so, it's not like Steam wins if an inch is given up in the course of the war here. Assuming the developers don't pull any antics Epic's not going anywhere, that much is clear.
Also don't get the sudden vilifying of anything Steam does these days. For example, Steam reviews are subject to abuse, but they're awesome for judging smaller titles where the reviews are genuine. If they can solve the bombing problem I'd much rather have reviews exist than not.
I welcome the competition but I'm not giving money to a store that's using it for this current course that heavily favors them over the customers. I'm not even bringing up some of the customer complaints I've read about account hacks and returns.