Epic Games will soon launch its store and while more details will be made known at The Game Awards, we are already getting an outline of how the store will function and how will it stand out in the crowd, especially Steam—Epic’s one of the biggest rivals.
One plan is to bait the players from other platforms is by luring them with free stuff. Funded by Epic, the store will feature one free game every two-weeks throughout 2019. Now we can consider 2019 as gamers’ year.
Using the Support-A-Creator programme, the company plans to bring the marketers and game developers together. The programme is planned in a way that it will reward the influencers for making things relevant to the developer’s games.
Tim Sweeney stated, “Epic’s Support-A-Creator program is key to helping developers reach gamers. Content creators, such as YouTube video makers, Twitch streamers, cosplayers, community builders, and bloggers have become key influencers in gaming.
“Previously, most creators were not compensated by game developers for their work and instead had to rely on donations. By matchmaking creators with developers, the Epic Games Store makes it easier for players to discover games, and rewards content creators for their efforts.”
The only thing that the store is planning to skip is forums. Developers will interact with their customers with news feed as a medium. However, the players will have equipment that will enable them to reach out to the developers like bug reports and ticketing systems disallowing the elements that can flourish toxicity. User reviews will be planned but as we all know, it is easier said than done.
He further added that as the users have switched to Facebook groups, Twitter, Discord, Reddit, and other social media platforms, developers have the liberty to run their own social media handle, forums and link them to their Epic Games Store pages.
If you are wondering what type of games will be dished out to you the answer is certainly not known as Epic is cherry-picking the games currently and I promise you it won’t be just a collection of Unreal games. Epic will give up the credits it normally charges for the games that use its engines. Nonetheless, all engines are warmly welcomed. And once the gates for this heaven open, there will be an approval process based on the technical side of the deals.
This new online shop will offer 88:12 per cent developer-to-Epic profits as compared to the 70:30 split provided by Steam for developers earning below the particular mark. Epic is working hard on creating the profits split disparity between their new store and Steam. The CEO of the company Tim Sweeney added, “In our analysis, stores charging 30 per cent are marking up their costs by 300 to 400 per cent.”
More details will be unveiled at the upcoming Game Awards on Thursday. The declaration came at a delicate moment for Steam. Some independent game developers are not content with the changes in the revenue split that now favor chart-topping games.