Epic calls out steam, promises to stop Exclusives

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Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving. Well, it also rapidly drains all of the joy from you like a dementor, but it occasionally leaves a pound coin under your pillow like a tooth fairy. Is that a fair trade? Better question, did you come here for the philosophical contemplation of the joy of something versus the pain it causes? No, video game news, right.

Tim Sweeney, the founder of Epic Games, has said in a tweet that “If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.” (just ignore the US spelling of honouring for a good time)

So, in essence, he is saying that the only reason Epic is doing these exclusivity deals is to protest the profit share of Valve with Steam. It does ring a little hollow given just how much money is in the industry on PC. There are customers who get irked by these deals because they don’t want to use the comparatively worse Epic Store.

It is well worth noting that the Epic vs Steam battle that is currently going on is much less about consumers than it is the developers. Well, that and business in general of course. How much does Tim Sweeney really mind about the backlash when Epic are making so much money from everything?  Also, why should a developer mind about the battle between the two platforms when they are being treated better by the Epic Store. Assuming people really do want what is best for the people making the games they love then the logical thing to do is to support this competition, at least for us consumers down here on the ground. Hopefully this can lead to Steam giving the developers of the games more money, but it seems incredibly unlikely given how popular Steam is, and probably will be for the foreseeable future.