Epic Games’ launcher has been the product of much scrutiny as of late. The exclusivity of certain games such as Metro Exodus and now Phoenix Point caused some outcry from fans. Meanwhile, there have been some concerns over account security. One recent post on Resetera pertains to the latter and appears to show that the Epic Games Launcher tracks information from your Steam account.Madjoki has done some cyber-sleuthing and finds that upon starting your Epic Games Launcher, it “searches for Steam install and proceeds to get a list of files in your Steam cloud.” Within the files, there are essentially lists of your friends and games that you’ve played when you dig deep enough, all within your Epic Games Launcher files. You can follow the process yourself by going to the link above. To confirm this, one of our writers looked into it and found that his Steam ID listed at the end of files of a folder. Daniel Vogel, VP of Engineering at Epic Games, … [Read more...] about Epic Games Responds to Allegations of Tracking Steam Data With Epic Games Launcher
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The Epic Games Launcher store has a search function now. This may seem like the kind of thing you'd expect it to have right from the start, but as Sergey Galyonkin explained on Twitter, "We launched with three games, there was no need to enable search". Now there are slightly more than three games on the Epic Launcher—though still not as many as its competitors, of course—and so it has a search function. Galyonkin adds that "Once we have more games, we'll add more features, including pages", as right now the store is set to infinite scroll.There are quite a few other features we'd like to see Epic add next, and you can have a look at our suggestions here. … [Read more...] about The Epic Games Launcher has a search function now
The Epic Games launcher — the client used to distribute battle royale megahit Fortnite — relaunched last night as the Epic Games Store, a new entrant in the PC gaming digital distribution landscape, with an enticing offer. While users may be very likely to have a copy of the free-to-play Fortnite in their new library on day one, Epic is looking to accelerate the growth of players’ collections by offering a free game every two weeks, beginning with Subnautica on Dec. 14, followed by Super Meat Boy on Dec. 28. Offering free games to help grow a digital game library, in addition to mitigating the difficulty of asking players to split their collection across multiple PC gaming ecosystems, has become something of a table-stakes strategy these days. Epic is hoping to use its massive Fortnite-fueled install base and some developer-friendly terms to propel its platform into the rarefied space currently dominated, though not exclusively, by Valve’s Steam platform. … [Read more...] about Epic Games Store will offer ‘a free game every two weeks’ — how does that stack up?
The Epic Games Store is live. Following an announcement at The Game Awards 2018, Epic Games launched its digital storefront which aims to compete with Steam, GOG, Origin, Uplay, and the host of other digital retailers. The difference between the Epic Store and other digital storefronts, though, is in the percentage of profits that go to the developers of games sold through it. As previously reported, Epic will take only 12 percent of profits from the sales of games through its store, leaving 88 percent as profit for developers. The Epic Games Store is open to developers who use any engine, and games made using Unreal Engine will not be subject to the standard 5% royalty for commercial use. Epic Games released the list of confirmed games that would be sold through its storefront, and though it’s a short list right now, it looks like some quality titles have already pledged. The list right now is: Ashen by A44 and Annapurna Interactive (Available Now) Darksiders III by Gunfire … [Read more...] about Epic Games Store Launches. Here’s the Available Games List
Epic Games announced that it will soon launch its own digital storefront, with the first wave rolling out on Mac and Windows before broadening to Android and other platforms later in 2019. There will be a “hand-curated set of games” available to purchase when the store first opens in the coming weeks, and that catalogue will expand throughout the year. Buyers will be able to access it either online or through the Epic Games launcher to purchase games, but everything else will be handled through the proprietary application. Fortnite players are already users of the launcher, as Epic Games makes its games exclusively available through it. That will continue. Epic also said it will not institute any required DRM on games sold through the store. But what’s most novel is how Epic Games plans to work with developers who sell their games through its storefront. In a blog post on the Unreal Engine website, Epic detailed the profit margins for developers first and foremost, … [Read more...] about Epic Games is launching its own store, and taking a smaller cut than Steam