Epic Games Store has a pretty good way to go before it can really compete with already established vendors such as Steam, but locks in Ashen, Hades and The Walking Dead: The Final Season as the launch exclusive is not a small achievement for the newcomer . Founder Tim Sweeney has since handed out that it is Epic & # 39; s "competition competition" effort that has made this seemingly unlikely to be possible.
After allegations on Reddit that Epic Games Store is "literally spyware and worse," Sweeney said it was "up to you to decide what is anti-consumer", but Epic does its best to "compete as a store and encourage healthy competition between stores. " The frustration comes understandably from the increasing amount of launches on the PC platform, including but not limited to Epic Games Store, Steam, Ubisoft's Uplay, EA's Origin, Blizzard's Battle.net and CD Project Save GOG.
According to Sweeney, the competition is helping to offer "better prices" for the customer, "better offers for developers and more investment in new content and innovation." The main features of alternative launches are then exclusive, which "does not come to the stores for free; they are a result of a combination of marketing commitments, development finance, or revenue guarantees. All this helps developers. "
The founder relates this development in the video game industry to film and television, where" much of the investment is the result of Netflix and Amazon competing "Unfortunately, the proliferation of launches is an annoying side effect of this, but the problem can ultimately be solved through federated or decentralized software update tools," Sweeney says.
"There are ongoing conversations about this," the post explains. Shops are needed for the health of an ecosystem. When there is only one, their natural tendency is to seep more and more of the revenue, which then goes to monopoly surplus instead of CREATORS! All developers recognize this because their business is shattered under the weight of these rising store taxes. That's why devs have been super enthusiastic about the Epic store. "
Especially accusing the accusations of being a spyware, Sweeney confirmed that" Epic does not share user data with Tencent or any other company. We do not share it, sell it or broker access to it for advertising as so many other companies do, "and will not as long as Sweeney is the controlling shareholder.
" The language related to sharing data with parents Companies refers to Epic Games Inc. It is an American company. This language exists because when you buy an epic game on some territories (like Europe), the seller of the item is our local (eg, European) tax subsidiary, but the data is ultimately stored by Epic Games Inc. "
We works with a review system for the Epic Games store based on the existing one in the Unreal Engine Marketplace, which will be opt-in by developers.
– Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) December 26, 2018
Epic Games Store has also been criticized for its ease of use, lack of features, especially customer feedback, and Sweeney echo that the store is still in its early stages and will receive an "assessment system based on the existing one in the Unreal Engine market. It will be opt-in by developers. We think this is best because the review bomb and other game system is a real problem. "
KitGuru Says: Epic Games Store is bound to be scrutinized in its infancy, compared to launches that are significantly more affluent, but Sweeney and his team are dedicated to doing it to a true competitor in the market. Time will tell if it will really be stacked up, but Promised Features is definitely worth the wait and support for. How do you feel about Epic Games Store?