Epic to continue exclusive Steam deals
The move goes against a statement by the company made last month
During the Game Developers Conference last month, Epic Games alluded to the fact that it would be relaxing its position on exclusive deals for its Games Store. Currently, in many cases, developers must sign contracts to only offer their games through Epic’s store. However, despite the assertion, it now appears that Epic has changed its mind again and might continue with the exclusive agreements.
A Twitter user, “burningphoenix,” sought out Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and asked the question, “[C]are to explain what’s going on with Observation after what was said here? The game was already set for Steam.”
Sweeney replied, stating, “We’ve had a lot of discussions about this since GDC. Epic is open to continuing to sign funding/exclusivity deals with willing developers and publishers regardless of their previous plans or announcements around Steam.”
His response wasn’t welcome by a number of gamers following the thread, some of whom called him out for lying and one who laid it all out there, stating, “So you lied, your launcher is still crap, and rather than present incentives to use your service, you’re still going to keep strong arming customers. Duly noted.”
The thread received a lot of attention following Sweeney’s tweet – except from Sweeney himself. He didn’t bother returning to try and smooth things over or pacify gamers, which is an indication that he isn’t that concerned with what gamers think.
Fortnite may have been a huge success for the company, but many gamers believe Epic could be on its last legs.