Epic seem to be throwing money at buying market share, I'd prefer if they did it by selling cheap games and having sales. Although to be fair they do give away games fairly regularlyThis deal is a real game changer for our studio, because, thanks to Epic’s support, it is certain that we will be able to update and expand Phoenix Point for years to come.
I've deleted my Epic account recently. Because of their security that is as solid as Swiss cheese. I had this account for a very long time, used to play UT. Since Fortnite released there was no end to fake login attempts from China, password reset requests, etc. This was happening to thousands and thousands of other people. You don't have to go too far to find feedback on all of this. Epic can't handle their security. Once their platform blew up it all escalated. That's good enough reason to not install "another simple client". At least I didn't have my credit card info exposed, since UT was a free game. Not to mention that the client itself is terrible.
Speaking only for myself, it's not a matter of installing a simple client.
It's no surprise, that these "indie" developers are the most greediest bunch of people. They are the norm, not the exception. They tell you everything you want to hear to get your money off you and then do a classical bait and switch.By the way, two years ago it sounded quite different, but them greenbacks were just too juicy, huh, Timmy Boy?
"Well, I should be very clear," Sweeney said. "The thing that I feel is incredibly important for the future of the industry is that the PC platform remains open,
so that any user without any friction can install applications from any developer, and ensure that no company,
Microsoft or anybody else, can insert themselves by force as the universal middleman, and force developers to sell through them instead of selling directly to customers."
I’m also a bit bemused by the poutrage evident elsewhere, I read the FAQ linked in the announcement and it told me I would have to download via Epic but then I can run the game independently by its own executable after that.
Selling Steam keys through my own website: 0 % cutSimple maths really. If you were a game developer, which one do you prefer
30% cut of your income via Steam distribution
12% cut of your income via Epic Store distribution
In reality nobody cares. PC is almost dead. Microsoft now ported DirectX 12 to Windows 7, because they are afraid of people leaving behind the platform completely.I’m still utterly bemused by the reactions to this announcement. Reminds me a bit of when PC games started requiring on-line activation, then Steam a few years later, and all the anger at that. Now folk are angry at having to use a different download manager? Bemused, I tell you :/