Epic Launches Digital Games Store With 88 Percent Revenue Going To Developers

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Epic Launches Digital Games Store With 88 Percent Revenue Going To Developers

Epic Games, developer of titles like Fortnite, the first Gears of War trilogy, and Unreal Tournament, has announced the creation of a new digital PC store that hopes to compete with Steam by offering an unprecedented revenue split for developers.

The Epic Games Store is launching as a full-fledged game marketplace supporting all sorts of titles. The Fortnite developer hopes to incentivize developers to come over to the Epic Games Store by pushing the revenue split for software further than any platform holder has before, giving developers 88 percent of the revenues while keeping 12 percent for overhead. This is a big change considering the traditional industry standard for digital revenue split usually gives 30 percent to the store owner, whether it be Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Apple, Android, or Valve. Perhaps anticipating this move, Valve recently made adjustments to Steam's revenue model, but only above certain thresholds that most games won't hit.

“As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said in a press statement. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.”

Developers Respond To Epic Store Announcement

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Developers Respond To Epic Store Announcement

Today saw the announcement of the Epic Games Store. With higher percentages for developers who place their games on the new service, Epic is clearly attempting to position itself as a competitor to Valve’s Steam service. Tim Sweeney also answered more of our questions in an interview.

In the wake of the announcement, developers have taken to Twitter to voice their thoughts. Here’s a collection of some of the most interesting things we’ve seen said.

Barry Meade, co-founder and director at Fireproof Games, makers of The Room games:

Bethesda Replacing Nylon Bags In Power Armor Edition

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Bethesda Replacing Nylon Bags In Power Armor Edition

In an effort to rebuild damaged relations with its community over Fallout 76, Besthesda announced over Twitter today that it is arranging to manufacture and distribute canvas bags to fans who purchased the game's Power Armor Edition. 

Fallout 76 has been a PR nightmare for Bethesda, the company responsible for the popular Fallout franchise. Fans were initially disappointed that the next game in the series would deviate from the franchise's single-player story formula in favor of an online multiplayer experience. The game dashed the hopes of many more when it launched on November 14 to universal criticism. Game Informer's Andrew Reiner gave Fallout 76 a 6 out of 10 and said it was "teeming with irradiated beasts and technical issues." The issues following the game only grew when Bethesda remained silent on its plans to improve the technical issues and seemly refused to refund upset gamers. This refusal kicked off a possible class-action lawsuit which claims the game's technical issues make it unplayable. 

Rockstar Gives Beta Status Update For Red Dead Online

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Rockstar Gives Beta Status Update For Red Dead Online

It’s been nearly a week since Rockstar rolled out the grass carpet for Red Dead Online, and while many people have been saddling up with friends, there have been a few issues with the Western masterpiece's online component.

Today, Rockstar outlined the first round of fixes in response to player feedback, and prime on the to-do list is a rebalancing of the in-game economy, followed by the elimination of a few bugs that were causing players to be kicked from the server. Currently, the updates are slated to come by the end of the week. In the announcement, Rockstar promises there will be more to come.

For players who wish to give their feedback, they can go here. For our take on the online posse experience, check out this video, or giddy on up over to our news hub where you can read our review and stay updated on how the online portion of Rockstar’s cowboy magnum opus is shaping up.

Marvel Fast-Tracking Its First Asian Superhero Film, Shang-Chi

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Marvel Fast-Tracking Its First Asian Superhero Film, Shang-Chi

According to Deadline, Marvel is rapidly gearing up for a super hero film centered around Shang-Chi. This will be its first film focused on a superhero of Asian descent. The studio has already tapped Chinese-American Dave Callaham to write the script. Callaham helped co-write the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and is currently penning the script for the sequel to Marvel’s upcoming animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  

Marvel is also currently searching for Asian and Asian-American directors to helm the film, hoping to replicate their success with Black Panther which analogously used African and African-American writers, directors, and actors to craft the African-American superhero film both in front of and behind the camera.

Shang-Chi as a character first appeared in Marvel comics in 1973, following the success of Enter the Dragon when martial arts films were at their zenith. Also known as the Master of Kung Fu, Shang-Chi was raised by his Chinese globalist father in an isolated compound in China. There he trained to become a master of martial arts. When he’s finally released to the outside world, he discovers his father is not that great of a guy and the two become mortal enemies. Apart from his martial arts skill, Shang-Chi also eventually learns the ability to make infinite copies of himself.

Super Evil Megacorp Launching Vainglory 4.0 On PC And Making Plans For Cross-Platform Play

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Super Evil Megacorp Launching Vainglory 4.0 On PC And Making Plans For Cross-Platform Play

Vainglory, the multiplayer online battle arena game which launched back in 2015 on mobile platforms, is coming to PC in 2019 and Super Evil is pushing for cross-platform play out of the gate. Kristian Segerstrale, Super Evil Megacorp's CEO stated, "We believe gamers are gamers on any device and deserve to play together regardless of their native platform or preferred control mechanism. He also explained that the company is, "building toward a post-platform vision where gamers can play and compete with anyone, anywhere." Super Evil is partnering with NetEase, Inc to support its cross-platform endeavors in China. 

This is a vision not shared by everyone in the gaming industry. In the wake of E3, Sony came under fire for opposing cross-platform play on the PlayStation 4. The former Sony Online CEO only added fuel to the fire when he indicated Sony's reluctance was all about money. 

Super Evil Megacorp Launching Vainglory 4.0 On PC And Making Plans For Cross-Platform Play

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Super Evil Megacorp Launching Vainglory 4.0 On PC And Making Plans For Cross-Platform Play

Vainglory, the multiplayer online battle arena game which launched back in 2015 on mobile platforms, is coming to PC in 2019 and Super Evil is pushing for cross-platform play out of the gate. Kristian Segerstrale, Super Evil Megacorp's CEO stated, "We believe gamers are gamers on any device and deserve to play together regardless of their native platform or preferred control mechanism. He also explained that the company is, "building toward a post-platform vision where gamers can play and compete with anyone, anywhere." Super Evil is partnering with NetEase, Inc to support its cross-platform endeavors in China. 

This is a vision not shared by everyone in the gaming industry. In the wake of E3, Sony came under fire for opposing cross-platform play on the PlayStation 4. The former Sony Online CEO only added fuel to the fire when he indicated Sony's reluctance was all about money. 

Winter Is Coming In Fortnite’s Season 7

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Winter Is Coming In Fortnite’s Season 7

This morning Fortnite tweeted out a reminder that season 7 of the popular battle royale is coming in three days. The cryptic tweet includes the silhouette of what appears to be a crowned ice wraith, and the message “A bitter ice spreads… 3 days to season 7.”

Could Fortnite be channeling its inner Game of Thrones, which airs its final season in 2019? Could there be a possible Ice King skin from the popular animated series Adventure Time as @MikeDoww tweeted out? Or is this just another update celebrating the winter season as Fortnite did with season 6, honoring fall with spooky Halloween-themed gear?

Let us know what you think, and if you’re excited about the new season in the comments section below. And for more on the battle royale champ, be sure to check out our Fortnite news hub where we cover all the latest info from dance emote controversies to the latest skins

Where's Our Just Cause 4 Review?

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Where's Our Just Cause 4 Review?

Just Cause 4's review embargo is now officially up, and tomorrow open-world fans will be able to jump into Rico Rodriguez's latest island-destroying adventure for themselves. However, if you want to hear Game Informer's final verdict before deciding whether to take the plunge or not, you'll have to wait a bit longer. We only received review code for the console version of Just Cause 4 late last night, and as such are just now getting into the action. 

While it will be a few days before I'm ready to share my thoughts on the game, you can expect a look at the Just Cause 4's opening later today, courtesy of open-world shenanigans expert Leo Vader. I won't be sitting in on the video so that I can focus on the review, but I'm guessing it will contain plenty of explosions to tide you over.

Developers Celebrate Release Of Smash Bros. With Art Countdown

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Developers Celebrate Release Of Smash Bros. With Art Countdown

As Super Smash Bros. Ultimate inches closer to its December 7 release date, Nintendo has started ramping up the marketing for the game. As one of the biggest crossover titles of all time, a lot of the companies and series involved have been helping Nintendo countdown to its launch with art and congratulations. While it's still ongoing, here's a few of the images that have been shared so far.

10 days to go until Mario rejoins the fight in Super #SmashBros. Ultimate! pic.twitter.com/FrwfwvEDhT

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