So what does all this mean for PC Gaming?
There are definitely problems with the Epic Store that should not be contested. They are not supporting new games, rather they are picking up games months from launch and gating off the retail options. They are also woefully behind when it comes to both simple and more advanced features that benefit the consumer. The Epic Store has a long way to go before it is of comparable quality to its competition.
But here comes the twist: I think the Epic Store will be a very good thing in the future.
Steam, for all the love it receives, has grown rather lazy in recent years. Yes, it has allowed the indie games market to thrive, but this doesn’t excuse the technical and moral failings that have appeared on the store. In its monopolisation of the market, Valve has stopped doing basic quality control on the games it is selling. What it needs is some competition, and that’s what Epic may provide.
Epic has paved the way for the future. The store is not good enough now, but at least there is an awareness of how to bring it up to speed. I won’t give them a free pass on its current state. I won’t ignore its predicaments. Although I do look forward to the day Epic stops acquiring and begins listening to the consumer and acting on their promised features.
Moreso than anything else, I hold out hope for the original vision of the Epic Store. Recall the statements that developers would get larger slices of the profits. That right there will bring developers in naturally, and help the indie market become more stable and continue to thrive. Those new studios can use the additional revenue to support their continued output of games. Hell, if the Epic Store becomes a proper threat, it may put the squeeze on Steam to give better profit margins for companies. This could be a whole new phase for games development if Epic makes good on its promises. Although until then, the Epic Games Store is worth the ire it receives.