Epic Games Store

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The Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront for Microsoft Windows and macOS, operated by Epic Games.wikipedia
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The Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront for Microsoft Windows and macOS, operated by Epic Games.
Following the release of the popular Fortnite Battle Royale in 2017, the company gained additional investments that enabled to expand its Unreal Engine offerings, establish esport events around Fortnite, and launch the Epic Games Store.

The Game Awards 2018

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The store opened days later, on December 6, 2018, as part of the Game Awards, with a handful of games and a short list of upcoming titles.
In addition, Epic Games launched its Epic Games Store during the presentation, offering some of the games shown at the event.

Steam (service)

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Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, had stated his opinion that the revenue cut of Steam, the dominant games storefront run by Valve, was too high at 30%, and suggested that they could run a store with as little as an 8% cut while remaining profitable. Digital distribution of games for personal computers prior to the introduction of the Epic Games Store was through digital storefronts like Steam and GOG.com, with Steam being the dominant channel with an estimated 75% of all digital distribution in 2013.
In particular, Valve announced in March 2019 that it mark reviews they believe are "off-topic" as a result of a review bomb, and eliminate their contribution to summary review scores; the first such games they took action on with this was the Borderlands games after it was announced Borderlands 3 would be a timed-exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

Review bomb

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Eventually the storefront will offer user reviews, but this feature will be opt-in by developers to avoid misuse by activities like review bombing.
The launch of the Epic Games Store—a competing storefront to Steam—in December 2018, has been the focal point of a number of review bombs, as Epic has secured time-limited exclusive sales for new games in series that have traditionally been on Steam, with those leaving reviews on the older games on Steam upset at this exclusivity.

Fortnite Battle Royale

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Where possible, Epic plans to extend its "Support a Creator" program that it had launched in Fortnite Battle Royale to other games offered on the store.
Though initially planned as a limited time event, Epic found by December 2018 that millions of Fortnite players were using the promotion to support more than 10,000 streamers, and since have made it a permanent option for Fortnite and hoping this would help some creators go full-time, and plans to extend this program to other games offered via the Epic Games Store, including Tom Clancy's The Division 2.

Discord (software)

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The storefront will include a ticket-based support system for users to report bugs and technical problems for games to developers, while developers will be encouraged to link to external forums and social channels of their chosing, like Reddit and Discord, in lieu of storefront-tied forums.
Following the launch of the Epic Games Store, which challenged Valve's Steam storefront by only taking a 12% cut of game revenue, Discord announced in December 2018 that it would reduce its own revenue cut to 10%.

Unreal Engine

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By launch, Epic Games had settled on a 12% revenue cut for titles published through the store, as well as dropping the licensing fees for games built on their Unreal Engine, normally 5% of the revenue.
With the opening of the Epic Games Store in December 2018, Epic will not charge the 5% revenue fee on games that use the Unreal Engine and released through the Epic Games Stores, absorbing that cost as part of the base 12% cut Epic is taking to cover other costs.

Steam Spy

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Prior to the store's launch, its Director of Publishing Strategy, Sergey Galyonkin, had run Steam Spy, a website that collected Steam usage data from public profiles to create public sales statistics.
In December 2018, Epic Games announced their plans to start a similar storefront as Steam, the Epic Games Store.

Metro Exodus

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Publisher Deep Silver followed suit later that month, announcing that Metro Exodus will be exclusive to Epic Games Store for one year, at a reduced US$50 (in North America ) compared to US$60 when it was offered on other storefronts.
On 28 January 2019, it was announced that the PC release would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for one year, with the publisher citing the platform's more favourable revenue split.

Phoenix Point

Phoenix Point, a spiritual successor to X-COM by X-COM lead designer Julian Gollop, was successfully crowdfunded with players given the option of redemption keys on Steam or GOG.com.
While it was initially anticipated for release through Steam and GOG, Snapshot Games announced a one-year exclusivity deal with Epic Games Store for Microsoft Windows and macOS with one year of free DLC for its backers or a full refund by no later than April 12, 2019.

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Publisher Deep Silver followed suit later that month, announcing that Metro Exodus will be exclusive to Epic Games Store for one year, at a reduced US$50 (in North America ) compared to US$60 when it was offered on other storefronts.
In January 2019, Deep Silver partnered with Epic Games on a one-year exclusivity deal for the personal computer (PC) version of their upcoming game Metro Exodus on Epic's digital distribution storefront, the Epic Games Store.

Ooblets

Glumberland, the developers of Ooblets, announced that the game would be an exclusive to the Epic Games Store in late July 2019, citing that Epic's funding support would help to keep the studio afloat until release and provide them a better revenue split.
On August 1, 2019, it was announced that Ooblets would be an Epic Games Store exclusive, which generated thousands of hateful comments toward the developers and negative reactions from fans and other financial supporters of the game.

Shenmue III

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Following similar complaints from backers of Shenmue III who were upset about the Steam release being delayed, Epic Games announced that with Shenmue III and any future crowd-funded game that ends up with Epic Games Store exclusivity, it will cover the costs of any refund requests from backers.
In June, Suzuki announced that the release date had been postponed to November 19, 2019, and that the Windows version would be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the first year; earlier updates had stated that it would require Steam for activation.

Digital distribution

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The Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront for Microsoft Windows and macOS, operated by Epic Games.

Microsoft Windows

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The Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront for Microsoft Windows and macOS, operated by Epic Games.

MacOS

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The Epic Games Store is a digital video game storefront for Microsoft Windows and macOS, operated by Epic Games.

Fortnite

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Epic entered the distribution market after the success of Fortnite, which Epic distributed by their own channels to users on Windows and macOS system rather than other storefronts.

Tim Sweeney (game developer)

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Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, had stated his opinion that the revenue cut of Steam, the dominant games storefront run by Valve, was too high at 30%, and suggested that they could run a store with as little as an 8% cut while remaining profitable.

Valve Corporation

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Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, had stated his opinion that the revenue cut of Steam, the dominant games storefront run by Valve, was too high at 30%, and suggested that they could run a store with as little as an 8% cut while remaining profitable.

Cloud storage

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Additional planned features include cloud saving and achievements.

Achievement (video gaming)

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Additional planned features include cloud saving and achievements.

Issue tracking system

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The storefront will include a ticket-based support system for users to report bugs and technical problems for games to developers, while developers will be encouraged to link to external forums and social channels of their chosing, like Reddit and Discord, in lieu of storefront-tied forums.

Reddit

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The storefront will include a ticket-based support system for users to report bugs and technical problems for games to developers, while developers will be encouraged to link to external forums and social channels of their chosing, like Reddit and Discord, in lieu of storefront-tied forums.

Virtual reality headset

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It does not have features such as virtual reality headset support, nor expected to have any "game-shaped features" similar to Steam's trading cards designed to drive sales.

GOG.com

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Digital distribution of games for personal computers prior to the introduction of the Epic Games Store was through digital storefronts like Steam and GOG.com, with Steam being the dominant channel with an estimated 75% of all digital distribution in 2013.