If you haven’t noticed lately, the discontent over Steam’s profit split with creators, the overabundance of trash games, and the whole mess with moderation (or lack thereof) has opened a door for competitors to take on Valve’s financial juggernaut. Both Discord and Epic Games are making moves this month in the hopes of drawing players’ attention — and dollars — away from Steam and its tempting seasonal sales.
Discord announced this week that it will “allow all developers to self-publish games with a 90/10 revenue split,” which is much more generous than Steam’s current 70/30 structure. “No matter what size, from AAA to single person teams, developers will be able to self-publish on the Discord store with 90% revenue share going to the developer,” the company promised.
As for Epic Games, the studio is sending the millions of Fortnite players through its now-growing digital storefront, with its 88/12 split, every day. While it’s still in its infancy, the Epic Games store has some serious potential considering the built-in fanbase — and free bi-weekly game giveaways like Subnautica don’t hurt either.