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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 3, Metro: Exodus or Anno 1800 among gamers.
Marco Minoli is head of marketing at the British developer studio and publisher Slitherine (Panzer Corps, Battlefield 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.