At the end of 2018, we got some big news from Epic Games. It officially participated in the PC games digital store battle with the announcement of the Epic Games Store.
There are several benefits for both developers and gamers if they use the platform. For developers, Epic promises that developers will get 88% revenue share, bigger than Steam has offered. For gamers, they can get one free game every two weeks if they use the platform. Games that will be sold in this platform are also hand-curated, meaning Epic surely guarantees the quality of the games.
Now, another big news comes from Epic Games. The company announced that the Epic Games Store will not only be available for PC. The company plans to launch it on Android, too.
The news first came out of an interview with Game Informer. The Epic Games’ founder Tim Sweeney said that Epic Games had a plan to give support to Android platform. “The Epic Games Store is launching on PC and Mac in 2018, and Android later in 2019,” said Tim Sweeney in the interview.
“We’d like to launch on iOS in 2019, however, that is in apparent conflict with current Apple policy. We believe all general purpose computing devices, such as PCs, smartphones, and tablets, should be open to competition between stores,” he continued.
GamesIndustry.biz also stated that it had contacted Epic Games to clarify this information. But, Epic Games declined to comment and said that it was too early to provide details about this plan.
Epic Games Store on PC si arguably one of the developers’ and publishers’ favorites since its launch last December. Some big game development companies had announced that they will release some exclusive (if not, timed exclusive) titles to Epic Games Store. The latest one is Ubisoft, who brings some of its big titles to the platform exclusively, although it already has its dedicated store, Uplay.
How about the console?
Although Epic Games will launch the store on Android and IOS, the company doesn’t seem to have the same plan for consoles.
“Consoles are a different market, with dedicated game machines whose hardware costs are often partly subsidized by software revenue. Epic doesn’t seek to operate a storefront on console platforms, but as an engine maker we do everything we can to enable cross-platform interoperability,” said Tim Sweeney.
Epic has announced that they will launch a new PC game digital store called Epic Games Store. Will it be a great contender for Steam?
What do you think? Will Epic Games Store be a strong contender in mobile platform, too?
Edited by Devi