Originally Posted by Imouto
I know I'm going to regret it but here we go.
Valve can't lower their cut because it would be playing into Epic's hand. When Valve didn't fold Sweeney was practically on his knees begging because this plan of his isn't going anywhere. They're hemorrhaging cash while giving free games left and right, buying exclusives like there is no tomorrow and more importantly with a shop that won't ever be as profitable as Steam.
Epic is not hemorrhaging money. They have at least ten billion of basically liquid cash in the bank. 10 million here or there to get some exclusivity deals and license fees to give away old games and indie games for free is peanuts. They can keep that up for a long time, and they have other things to offer developers that we probably don't hear about like discounted licensing fees for their game engine.
Originally Posted by ToTheSun!
How is it the same thing? Sony and Nintendo funded the games they sold exclusively. They enabled the developers to work on their products and afforded them what they needed. You see, they're part of the reason why their exclusives exist in the first place. Epic are simply paying developers to sell their finished products on their store exclusively, sometimes even when they already announced and marketed on competing platforms.
Anyone can buy their games from whatever store for all I care. Your argument to do so, though, is just not legitimate.
I didn't really make any argument for buying games from Epic, just that Epic isn't doing most of the things people are hating on them for. And per my Sony and Nintendo comment, sometimes they support devs. Sometimes they do exclusivity deals just like Epic is doing. Either way they both go to great lengths to create physical walled gardens via hardware that consumer have to buy just to do something our PC's could do just as well if not for Sony and Nintendo syphoning dev projects into their walled gardens.
Now if you agree with what I just said or not, just try and recognize there are a lot of different ways to look at this whole market and what all it's different players are doing. PC gamers get extremely narrow mined when it comes to Steam and how they purchase games.
I don't think devs really care if their profits come from pure sales or exclusivity deals. Money is what enables devs to work of their products, and no one is forcing devs to take these deals. There is nothing anti consumer about it, people just don't like it. Steam is better than the Epic launcher, no doubt, but in a year or two I expect they will function about equally. If they released a game I actually wanted to buy on the Epic store, I would buy it. Literally the only game I can think of that they could offer would be a new unreal tournament game, and that isn't happening.