Fortnite creator challenges Google Play and Steam with Epic Games Store

Epic Games to undercut Valve with own PC games store

Epic frequently licenses out its Unreal Engine to other studios where it's used to make games such as Soul Calibur VI, Mutant Year Zero and Evasion.

The relationship with game developers seems to be the Store's main selling point.

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney spoke of a larger 88% revenue share for developers, compared to the recently revised 70/30 split that's offered by Valve's Steam platform. Some games from these publishers get published on Steam because of Steam's reach. Software on the Epic Games Store will initially be made available for the PC and Mac, with Android users being catered for later on in 2019. If you're using Unreal Engine for your game, "Epic will cover the 5% engine royalty for sales on the Epic Games store, out of Epic's 12%".

Of note is that the Epic Store will only take 12% for games published on its platform as opposed to 30%+ on Steam. If so, which do you use?

Content creators will also be able to get in on the fun through the Epic Games Support-A-Creator program, which appears to contain some sort of optional referral program that developers can set up.

It is unclear how gamers will benefit from the Store as Epic Games has not revealed anything about the Store's functionality and features. This way creators can share in some of the revenue for the games they specifically recommended, something I'm sure Twitch and YouTube streamers will love. Because of the high volume of Fortnite transactions, we can process store payments, serve bandwidth, and support customers very efficiently. Maybe we will finally see some competition when it comes time to find quality video games to play on Android.

Details about its "hand-curated" launch lineup are promised to debut at the Game Awards conference this coming Thursday. The latter is still nearly twice as large as Epic Games' commission.

One of the simplest clues that Epic Games has left for us have been the first teasers for every season.

Creative will be a greatly expanded version of the existing Playground mode and allows you to build your own levels and create your own mini-games, in what sounds like nod to fellow child-friendly games such as Minecraft and Roblox.

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