Last year Epic Games became a powerful rival for Steam after it entered the market offering good deals that attracted umerous players. The Epic Games Store has 12 per cent of the revenue for Epic and 88 per cent for developer, which is better than Steam’s classic model of 30 per cent and 70 per cent.
It appears that Steam’s split might change soon as a surprising ultimatum was given by Epic Games a couple of days ago. Until now the Epic Games Store managed to “steal” a couple of important developers from steam. There are many big titles that are expected to be launched as Epic Games Store. Such games are Detroit: Become Human, Metro: Exodus, The Division 2, Borderlands 3, Super Meat Boy Forever and the final Telltale season of The Walking Dead.
However, Epic could give that away. Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games, wrote a tweet for Steam, challenging them to do better:
“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,” he tweeted.
“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,” added Sweeney in a following tweet.
If Steam accepts this challenge it could be a good thing for everyone. Steam users were quite unhappy when certain titles became Epic exclusives. Gamers even showed that in their reviews. For instance, all the Borderlands games available on Steam received bad reviews after it was announced that Borderlands 3 was going to be launched on the Epic Games Store.
Nora Reynolds is a major in biology and a minor in Biological Basis of Behavior, writing about science in general. She also likes to try new gadgets and sports about the AI new era.