Further ReadingEpic Games Store snags Metro Exodus away from Steam [Updated]Yesterday's news that Deep Silver's Metro Exodus is moving from Steam to Epic's Games Store was notable for what it says about Valve's position running PC gaming's dominant online storefront. But for consumers, it was perhaps more notable for the impact it had on the game's pricing. If you pre-ordered Metro Exodus though Steam before yesterday, you paid $60 (and will still receive that preorder on Steam). If you preorder the game today on the Epic Games Store or buy it there after its February 15 launch, you'll pay just $50. And yet despite that price reduction, Deep Silver will be actually make more money per sale from the Epic Games Store than it did from Steam. The 88 percent revenue share Epic offers on a $50 sale ($44) is more lucrative than the 70 percent revenue share Valve offers on a $60 sale ($42; though that number goes up a bit after $10 million in sales). Passing the savings on Somewhat more … [Read more...] about Should PC games cost less on Epic’s Games Store?
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Epic Games of Fortnite fame just announced a creator-friendly PC gaming storefront. The announcement was significant, as Epic touted 88 percent revenue slice for developers, beating out Steam (and for that matter, Microsoft) by a significant margin. Additionally, the Epic store will also allow YouTubers, streamers, and bloggers to get a cut of any sales they send through to the Epic store, which is something Steam has yet to consider. Things are certainly heating up for Steam. Steam was the de-facto ruler of PC gaming distribution for quite a while, but as companies like Activision Blizzard and EA began selling their games direct to consumers on PC via their own storefronts, others have begun to realize that they don't exactly need Steam anymore. It also doesn't help that Steam is incredibly saturated, making it hard for some devs to gain visibility. Discord's rise as a community platform has also taken eyes away from Steam, as Valve's chat and community tools languish in an archaic … [Read more...] about Steam, Discord, Epic: Where does the Windows PC gaming store wars leave Microsoft?
Epic Games’ new digital game marketplace, announced earlier this week and surprise launched during the Game Awards yesterday evening, has raised a lot of eyebrows in the industry. With its favorable 88 / 12 percent revenue split and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s pledge to better support creators, many in the industry are wondering whether this will be the game store that could truly rival Valve’s Steam, which has been the dominant platform for PC game distribution for well over a decade. We’re not going to know how successful the store will be for quite some time. Last night, Epic announced the first batch of games that will support its store, and that list remains minuscule compared to the tens of thousands of titles available on Valve’s storefront. And although Epic has the benefit of positioning its store within the Epic Launcher, which is the software required to update and start playing its mega-hit Fortnite, there remains the distinct possibility that … [Read more...] about Why Epic’s new PC game store is the Steam competitor the industry needed
Epic Games announced earlier this week that it was entering the digital game store business, and just a few days later the Fortnite developer is ready to open its marketplace. The new Epic Games Store, which will live inside the Epic Launcher app for Windows and Mac, is now live after a surprise launch in the middle of the Game Awards in Los Angeles this evening. Epic is only confirming 14 titles right now, but its first two to be available right now are high-profile ones: Ashen from developer A44 and publisher Annapurna Interactive, and an all-new game from Bastion and Transistor developer Supergiant Games called Hades. Some other big names include Gunfire Games’ recently released Darksiders 3 and indie classics Journey and Super Meat Boy. Here’s the full list of titles: Ashen by A44 and Annapurna Interactive (now available) Darksiders III by Gunfire Games and THQ Nordic (available Dec. 14) Hades by Supergiant Games (now available) Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by … [Read more...] about Epic’s PC game store is live now
PC gaming can prove to be an expensive hobby, especially if you're looking to build a capable gaming rig. You'll need 16GB of super-fast RAM, which isn't cheap, and an advanced GPU, which requires a mortgage these days. Luckily, there are some great promotions to be found, and Amazon has numerous components on sale right now for Cyber Monday. Ryzen 7 2700X is part of AMD's second-generation family of processors based on the Zen architecture. This CPU is fast, efficient and capable of some serious gaming. It's also cheaper than similar offerings from Intel, which leaves more money for GPU, RAM, and other PC accessories. $265 (was $330) at Amazon In order to utilize the power of AMD Ryzen, you'll need a motherboard that can handle the second-gen processors. This MSI motherboard is not only up to the challenge, but it's also fully equipped with a solid BIOS, support for DDR4-3200+ RAM, smart cooling features, and even some RGB lighting. $95 (was $130) at Amazon NVIDIA may still … [Read more...] about These crazy PC gaming deals make Cyber Monday the perfect day to bolster your build