RedEye9 wrote on Apr 17, 2020, 21:58:
Domgrief wrote on Apr 17, 2020, 21:51:What makes you think the payment is based on time played?
In Epic's case I believe they provide a kickback to the publisher depending on if (how much?) the free game is actually played.
Good question - it made sense at the time I heard or read it (if it's never played it's probably not a lost sale for the publisher), but I can't find a source for that.
The only mention of revenue I can find is from PC Magazine
If you're wondering how Epic manages to keep the free games flowing, it's because developers get paid for them. As Sweeney explains, "Epic pays each developer or publisher for the opportunity to distribute their game free for a week. The paid amounts are negotiated to ensure that the developer gains more from the Epic payment and resulting new customer influx than they would expect to lose in paid sales as the result of the free week."
Maybe it's a fixed amount based on how well the game normally sells.