The PC gaming world was thoroughly shaken when Epic Games, fueled by billions of Fortnite dollars, announced it would be directly competing with Steam via a new storefront. Appropriately titled the Epic Games Store, the biggest part of the announcement was that Epic is offering a much more generous revenue split compared to Steam or any similar service on the market. The Epic Games Store has only been out for so long, and we’re already seeing that gamble pay off. Developers are either making time-exclusive deals with Epic or even delisting their games from Steam and moving over.
A report from Gamasutra pointed to several games from mid-sized publishers all making similar announcements around the same time. Team17’s upcoming Genesis Alpha One, for example, just pulled from the platform barely a month ahead of its planned Steam launch, announcing a move to Epic Games Store. Another game called Satisfactory had already been published on Steam, but is moving over to the new service as well.
This news follows Steam making changes of its own to its revenue offerings, with Valve moving to a system that changes the revenue split once games pass a certain profit threshold. Of course, many have noted this change only really benefits bigger games, leaving the mid-tier and indie projects behind to fend for themselves. This decision seems to be backfiring for now, and it will be interesting to see if or how Valve responds.