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Epic Boss Believes that Games Store Exclusives Work Despite Dedicated Steam Gamers' Complaints

Epic's Tim Sweeney has come out in defense of exclusive titles found on the Epic Games Store. In a long series of Twitter posts, Sweeney stated that he believes that "exclusives are the only strategy that will change the 70/30 status quo at a large enough scale to permanently affect the whole game industry". Further, despite the unpopularity of exclusive titles by "dedicated Steam users," the program is working.

Other takeaways from Sweeney's posts:

  • 30% "tax" is more than the entire profit of studio building a game.
  • "The strategy of exclusives is proportionate to the problem".
  • Even if what the company is doing isn't ultimately successful, the industry will change and other stores "will significantly improve their terms".
  • The extra 18% developers bring back leads to reinvestment, profit and price reduction.
  • All of the above ultimately benefits gamers.
  • Epic is facing its challenges and solving problems that arise.

You can read the entire Twitter string here.


Suzie Ford / Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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