Epic Games Store evades Linux support

epic games store evades linux support

There seems to be a great deal of chatter about the Epic Game Store and Linux support. So far, there is no evidence of this happening. In fact, the most recent Twitter post from Sergey Galyonkin the Director of Publishing Strategy does not identify Linux in the roadmap.

So while this may well and true for Epic games. The Store seems to be Windows centric. And that does not appear to be changing any time soon. Despite all of the comments being outlined and listed via Reddit.

Since the Epic Games Store launches with it’s profit margin in favour of the developer. Which Tim Sweeney has clearly outlined in different Reddit post.

Epic Games Store

“When lots of stores compete, the result is a combination of better prices for you, better deals for developers, and more investment in new content and innovation. These exclusives don’t come to stores for free; they’re a result of some combination of marketing commitments, development funding, or revenue guarantees. This all helps developers.

All developers recognize this because their business are being crushed under the weight of these increasing store taxes. This is why devs have been super enthusiastic about the Epic store. For users, I get that it’s yet another launcher and if you have Steam installed you’d prefer to just use it. But if you want way better games to be built in the future, then please recognize what good this store can do. Steam takes 30% and Epic takes 12%. That’s an 18% difference, and most devs make WAY less than an 18% profit margin – so this can be the difference between being able to fund a new game and going bankrupt!”

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The only thing this proves is an alternate profit margin split for the Epic Games Store. There is no hints of Linux support and there are no hints to this changing in the Twitter post above. With current issues being directed to things like “cloud saves, integrated controller support, forums, user reviews, social feed, etc.” Plus a native client would mean having to create a Linux port for Fortnite, which would be a very viable option for the highly played game. But game is also in early access.

There is a limitation for games like Hades that is currently in Early Access on the Epic Games Store. Which will eventually get it’s Linux support at full release. And the demise of the Epic Games Store will pail in popularity to the Steam Store.

So keep in mind, there is still a Windows focus here. Steam is the only game store that really has Linux in mind for the future of games. GOG does enable the buyer to purchase and download DRM-free games. But does not have a native Linux client for their Galaxy app. Likely due to the smaller market share of Linux in sales.

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