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15-year-old Brit leaves school to become a full-time Fortnite professional

15-year-old Brit leaves school to become a full-time Fortnite professional

Although Benjy Fish is only 15 years old, but already a professional Fortnite player. His mother has now taken him from school so he has more time for e-sports. In the world of Fortnite appear again and again bizarre stories, such as when Epic 2018 sued a 14-year-old, because […]

Dauntless now play 5 million and the popularity continues to increase

Dauntless now play 5 million and the popularity continues to increase

The numbers of players of Dauntless continue to grow. The monster hunter action game had previously limit the number of players to protect the server. Dauntless continues to turn to players and now comes to 5 million Monster Slayer, as the Twitter channel of the game reported. Thus, since […]

“The Epic Store is not for indie developers”, says Slitherine’s marketing director

“The Epic Store is not for indie developers”, says Slitherine’s marketing director

In an interview with the Italian website Everyeye, Marco Minoli of Slitherine revealed what he thinks about Epic Store and what characterizes digital distribution.

Epic Store or Steam? This is a question that not only players have to deal with at the moment, but also developers and publishers. Over the last five months, developer Epic Games has entered the distribution market with its own digital store, attracting many critics due to exclusive deal deals for games like Borderlands 3Metro: Exodus or Anno 1800 among gamers.

Marco Minoli is head of marketing at the British developer studio and publisher Slitherine (Panzer CorpsBattlefield Academy), giving him another perspective on the competition between freshman Epic and top dog Steam. In an interview with the Italian magazine Everyeye, he asked a few questions on the subject and revealed a few interesting insights behind the scenes. In his opinion, the Epic Store should not be a sensible option for indie developers.

Too little support for small teams

Minoli sees the biggest problem of the Epic store in its sustainability. So the lower profit sharing for Epic compared to Steam is currently for developers still beneficial, for Epic but only because of the feature poverty at all profitable.

“It’s clear that with a business that does not have any features, no search bar, no forums, no achievements, they have very low costs, as they do not have to invest a lot of money in the administration.”

But these are just the features that provide direct benefits to the customer. However, the Epic store is also to provide developer side too little support to make it interesting for indie developers. There is no real person to help them. If these structures existed at Epic, then he would be financially unstoppable with the profit sharing of 12 percent. In addition, Epic already wants to publish only 100 games per year anyway, which is why many independent developers preferred to remain on Steam or other stores.

“In short, the service Epic now offers is not for indie developers.”

Nonetheless, Epic’s current offering is not just games of major publishers and developer studios. Even games from smaller studios such as the German Roguelike Genesis Alpha One can be found at Epic on offer.