Over the past few months, the Epic Games Store has made exclusive deals with a lot of publishers like Deep Silver and Ubisoft for titles like Metro Exodus. This has caused a lot of controversy and uproar among PC gamers. Today, the founder of Epic Games Tim Sweeney discussed the exclusives on Twitter. In many ways, he challenged Steam to do better.
Sweeney said, "If Steam committed to a permanent 88 percent 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." However, even if Steam lowered its revenue share, it's unclear if the exclusive deals would stop because Sweeney mentioned "no major strings attached."
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.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) April 25, 2019
What that means is open to interpretation. It seems like it just gives Epic Games a way out of this statement made by Sweeney to keep on making exclusive deals. However, only time will tell. The ball is in Steam's court, so to speak.
Do you think Epic Games will stop making exclusive deals even with Steam announced a major change? How do you feel about games exclusive to either store? Let us know.
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