Yeah, Epic Games Store's free games are basically an attempt to buy goodwill. And that's okay. Having healthy competition is good for consumers, good for developers, and good for the overall industry.
The free games are fine. But saying that the EGS provide healthy competition is a joke. As they don't even allow internal competition. Most key resellers that could undercut them are blocked from doing business with EGG's keys. Games can't be compared inside the store, because Epic don't allow the consumer to express any opinion in there. And external competition is almost inexistent. As their exclusive deals stop a lot of games to being sold elsewhere. The only competition that they provide is for developers and publishers. And that is not particularly good either. Trust in crowdfunding is at all time low thanks to the broke promises of the developers that took Epic's deal. Smug developers literally made blog posts and videos moking gamers, because they don't need their money anymore. The only ones that actually win with that is big publisher and established studios as they get even more money than before.
That pile of cash they are throwing around will run out eventually.
Hahahaha. You do know they make the unreal engine, right? They been rich since 1998!
Nothing is infinite. They do have shareholders and when the money starts running out Epic are in big trouble.
That means nothing.
If Fortnite and Unreal continue to provide billions of dollars then no, Epic is not going to "run out" of cash giving away these games.
Healthy competition? Sure...
Honestly, it's good to have the Epic game store just for free games. I've never actually spent a dime in that store, nor do I plan to, but here is a list of most games they've given away this year: >observer_ ABZU Alan Wake American Nightmare Alan Wake: Ape Out Axiom Verge: Bad North: Batman: Arkham Collection: Celeste: City of Brass: Conarium: Costume Quest: Enter the Gungeon: Everything: Fez: For Honor: FTL: Faster Than Light GNOG: Hyper Light Drifter Inside: Into the Breach Jotun - Valhalla Edition Kingdom New Lands: Last Day of June: Layers of Fear Masterpiece Edition LEGO Batman Trilogy: LIMBO: Little Inferno Metro: 2033 Redux: Minit: Moonlighter: Mutant Year Zero Nuclear Throne: Overcooked: Oxenfree: QUBE 2: Rayman Legends: Rebel Galaxy: Rime: RUINER: Slime Rancher: SOMA: Stories Untold: Subnautica: Super Meat Boy: Superhot Surviving Mars: The End is Night: The Escapists The Jackbox Party Pack: The Messenger: The Witness: The Wolf Among Us Thimbleweed Park: This War of Mine: Torchlight: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator TowerFall Ascension Transistor: What Remains of Edith Finch: World of Goo:
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Yep. Thanks Epic. I still won't support you, but thanks for the free games anyways.
I have to admit I was skeptical about typing in their site the first time, I’m old and crusty and couldn’t bother myself with another game service but the free games nudged be just enough. So now I go every week looking and daily through Christmas for the free games, half that I already have. Then I bought some exclusives with coupons. So in less than a year they are a regular visit by me, through buying me. Now I have all my game clients shortcuts lined up and start them all in a row to piss off my system, hahaha!
Oh yeah sure, it's goodwill when these smaller developers start a crowdfunding campaign, only to turn around and betray everyone's trust when they take the money for Epic Games. It's very hard to trust new developers now who may want to start a crowdfunding game, because all these other pieces of sh*t developers decide to take Epic's money and pretend we didn't help them get their project off the ground. Epic Games is doing more harm then good to the gaming industry, especially to smaller developers.
Blame the developer(s) in that case, NOT Epic...
I too love competition that doesn't benefit me or is aimed at me, but people keep acting as if it does.
I think its buying market share more than goodwill. Understandable given Steams monopoly.
Even if that's the case, doesn't bother me. I just don't understand why they're not updating the store with more basic features at a faster rate. I wonder if it's just that they don't have enough people working on it, or if it's just harder than expected. I honestly believe it's the former though.
Rot in hel Epic.
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