Epic Games Store is live and promises free games every fortnight

Ruben Fields
December 8, 2018

Instead of taking a 30% cut (something Steam initially takes), the Epic Store takes 12%, a far more appealing deal. With Hades, we knew we really wanted to create a game we could develop in partnership with the community, and from talking to the folks at Epic, we realized their store would be the flawless place to conduct our latest experiment. Up first is underwater exploration title Subnautica, which will be available at no charge from December 14.

Epic Games has enough pull thanks to Fortnite being the game right now.

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Both Subnautica and Super Meat Boy will be free to play for a few weeks. There will no doubt be many more after that, as Epic have stated they will be opening the store up to other developers more through 2019. Game pages lack information about recent updates, supported game modes, or hardware other than minimum and recommended PC requirements.

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Safe to say, the company is referring to side loading the Epic Games Store on Android just like how Fortnite is playable on Google's OS. Numerous others are already released and are available via Steam and other online stores. What's more important, though, is that developers and gamers alike have only to gain from the situation. Remember: competition in a market is always good.

Currently, the Epic store is by no means a significant rival for Steam which has more than 20,000 games in its catalogue and regularly has more than 18 million people online playing via its service. The two games are fairly popular and have been well received.

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