Epic Can Stop Doing Exclusives If Steam Gives Devs More Money
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Epic Can Stop Doing Exclusives If Steam Gives Devs More Money
25 April, 2019
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Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney has recently tweeted that his team would stop doing exclusives if Steam raised its revenue cut for developers.

“If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached,” Sweeney said, “Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.”

Since the Epic Game Store launched in December, their team has announced several exclusive deals with AAA-games like Borderlands 3 and The Division 2 that are preventing those games from appearing on Steam. PC gamers have been angry because of these deals, but for developers, Epic Store is a great place since it gives 88% of the revenue earned from games. Steam, on the other hand, returns between 70-80% depending on sales.

Sweeney also said that “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.”

Will this lead to something? One can doubt that. Make sure to discuss the story in the comments.

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As a indie developer in a country that don’t have a commercial agreement with the US, I hope steam listen to Epic.
Steam takes 30% of my revenue, and US gov. get another 30%, than I need to pay taxes in my country (Brazil). So in the end, i get roughly 20% of the full price.

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