The Epic Games Store is live

Donna Miller
December 8, 2018

The biggest partnership has to be Hades from Supergiant Games, which is now in Early Access on the platform.

Installation requires elevation but holds no surprises. Positioned as a competitor to Steam in the PC marketplace, Epic's store is pretty barebones at the minute, but it is just the beginning. That means that developers get 70% of profits while game and app stores get 30%. If you're the sort of player who's open to and interested in experiencing a game like ours take shape over time, you'll be able to take part in its journey on the Epic Games store. The first will be Subnautica, available between 14 and 27 December 2018, and the second Super Meat Boy, between 28 December 2018 and 10 January 2019. The two games are fairly popular and have been well received.

To be clear, these are games you'd normally have to pay for that Epic is giving away free. Only five additional games are available for purchase right now with more being listed as "coming soon". Game pages lack information about recent updates, supported game modes, or hardware other than minimum and recommended PC requirements.

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The "much more generous offering" had sparked interest among independent developers, wrote Dustin Bailey on the PCGamesN website. 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". This is not too dissimilar to EA making select games free on its Origin store.

He said Epic's process for adding games to the service would focus on the "technical side of things and general quality".

If you've played Fortnite, you likely have an Epic Games account, which is what you need to log in to the Epic Games store.

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