Epic Games' Steam-Rival Store for PC Games Now Live

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Epic employee Sergey Gaylonkin has stated that his time gathering data as SteamSpy has proven useful in designing the store, enabling the company to eventually "give developers way more information about their games than SteamSpy ever could".

"As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players", said Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney in a prepared statement.

Epic Games had teased that they would be announcing something big at The Game Awards with Geoff Keighley telling players to "keep your game close". The first two games slated to be free on the Epic Games Store are Subnautica and Super Meat Boy from December 14 to December 27 and December 28 to January 10 respectively. Yes, it fragments my library even more (I already have paid for games on steam, gog, uplay and android store.and now this), and yes I want to play journey (but not enough to buy a console for it). By contrast, Valve asks for 30% of the money paid for games sold via its service.

Moreover, several games dropped their Steam pages entirely to appear only on the Epic Games Store.

Those include Supergiant's new roguelike Hades, Tinybuild's stealth-horror prequel Hello Neighbour: Hide and Seek, A44's action-RPG Ashen, Gunfire Games' hack-and-slash threequel Darksiders III, and Epic's own smash-hit Fortnite. That's not necessarily abad thing.

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As promised, publisher Epic Games has thrown open the doors to its online store today, with a small selection of PC games on its shelves.

Our focus during Early Access will be on making Hades the best game possible.

How Epic manages developer expectations will be a point of concern.

It's crisp and minimalist. For now though, it's frankly a nice break from the cacophony of distractions and attention grabbers everywhere else on my computer and the internet.

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