Epic would also publish its games on Steam.
Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney has said that he would stop making Epic Games Store exclusivity deals if Steam offered developers and publishers a permanent 88% revenue share.
Talking in a thread on Twitter regarding revenue and the cut taken by stores, Sweeney defended Epic’s process, explaining that the company’s 12% cut from game profits was a significant and important improvement on the 30% that Valve take from sales on the Steam Store. That large cut is “the #1 problem for PC developers, publishers, and everyone who relies on those businesses for their livelihood” according to Sweeny.
“We’re determined to fix it and this is the one approach that will effect major change,” he explained of the company’s store tactics.
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
Responding to a user who asked if Epic Games would immediately stop doing exclusivity deals should Valve reduce its own revenue cut to 12%, Sweeney said “Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.”
He went on to say that if Steam were to reduce their cut, it “would be a glorious moment in the history of PC gaming, and would have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come.”
So far, Epic have snapped up a small but significant amount of exclusives, including the PC releases of Quantic Dream’s previously PS4 exclusive library, Metro Exodus, and Borderlands 3. This has made a vocal portion of the PC community very upset, and the conversation continues daily as to if what Epic Games is doing is right or not.
Matt Purslow is IGN UK’s News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.