Up For Debate - Have you bought a game from the Epic Games Store?

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, May 18, 2019 2:01 PM
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We’re about six months into the lifespan of the Epic Games Store now and Epic has gradually been building up a robust library of exclusives, primarily timed exclusives. They’re the headline reason why you’d buy anything from the store because, well, it’s inarguably worse than the competition as a storefront in almost every regard.

The only conceivable benefit to the Epic Store right now, aside from the exclusives, is, potentially, its more curated library of titles. Steam is the Wild West, a place where almost anything and everything can be released. Valve has its limit, and that limit is basically any game that’s less offensive than one where you go about raping people for fun. As I said, almost any game.

The Epic Store, by comparison, has just a few dozen games, each supposedly hand-picked. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney infamous said, “We’ll turn down crappy games that are submitted to the Epic Store.” With just a few dozen games on their store, how RollerCoaster Tycoon Adventures crept by their stringent curation remains a matter of mystery so great that it potentially form the foundation for Making a Murderer: Season 3. I think Atari did, they look guilty as hell.

But enough nitpicking, because it’s these exclusive games which Epic believes will drive people to its storefront. Currently, the EGS is the only place you can buy PC copies of Shakedown Hawaii, Metro Exodus, Hades, Close to the Sun, World War Z, Satisfactory, Operencia, RollerCoaster Tycoon World, and Dangerous Driving. It’s also got pseudo-exclusivity on Ubisoft titles such as Anno 1800 and The Division 2, as well as a formidable upcoming line-up of The Sinking City, Borderlands 3, Control, Phoenix Point, Detroit: Become Human, Industries of Titan, The Outer Worlds, Outer Wilds, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw, and more.

Whether any of those are a compulsive reason for you to use the Epic Store is a matter of some internal debate. Those with a degree of patience will no doubt be happy waiting the 90 days / 6 months / 1 year or whatever timed exclusivity it may be before some of these games come to Steam. Patience is a tough virtue to master though, and plenty of folks won’t care one jot where a game is available, they just want to play it when it comes out.

So, six months later, have you buckled to the allure of the Epic Games Store yet? Have you bought any games from the EGS, or do you plan to pick up one of the future titles? Have your say in the poll and let us know why below!

Have you bought any games from the Epic Store?

Do you plan to buy any of the upcoming timed exclusives from the EGS?

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08:01 May-22-2019

I just use Epic Games Store for the free games but, Borderlands 3 and Detroit i will definitely buy doesn't matter where they launch, at least for me.

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13:55 May-21-2019

Friends sent me a code for Metro Exodus and it was for Epic Store, aside from some issues with the Preorder dlc i do not consider Epic Store a so bad, but is "empty", they say that the idea was to lower the cut percentage kept by the store, and by my math the price should drop by at least 10 %, but price are almost the same as on steam so something is fishy.

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14:07 May-21-2019

I think the entire point is that extra cut goes to the developer, although Sweeney did say some waffle about passing savings onto consumers or something but that just seemed totally made up

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13:06 May-21-2019

I play Satisfactory and use the Unreal Engine. Can't say I have anything else on it. I'm not against buying stuff on it though.

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02:51 May-21-2019

Yes I use EGS and many people forget how rubbishy Steam was to start with; also I have all the other storefronts as well I prefer to play the game when released on whatever site. Here's to Big SALES etc. for PC games!!!

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18:33 May-20-2019

I haven't because I want the Epic Store to list their prices in Canadian dollars first. I see them in American dollars and that can be more expensive due to the exchange rate. I doubt there is any exclusive that would get me to buy something from their store. I'm happy with Steam.


I also have GOG and Origin, though the latter is just for those older EA games I bought in 2011-12 when I wasn't boycotting their company. I also have bought games from Green Man Gaming.

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17:25 May-20-2019

Yep. Context: I am a single player gamer mostly. So all I need for the store to have is buy, download and play without issues. I don't care about the fluff on Steam anyway. I even buy on GOG, Uplay and Origin.


So I got DETROIT, Beyond Two Souls, Heavy Rain and Walking Dead Final in the EPIC sale :)

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04:57 May-20-2019

I had to choose where to buy The Division 2. it was cheaper in EGS but I still went with Uplay. I just used 20% discount coin and price were almost same.

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04:30 May-20-2019

No! And i never will! Epic Games is a joke right now!

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07:07 May-19-2019

I don't care about pc store exclusives. I just download Origin, Epic Store... etc. Finally Steam has competition. As long as i can play the game on Pc i don't care! Only the consoles exclusives are affecting me.

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21:52 May-19-2019

This is "competition" in the same way Walmart competes by driving out small businesses. Companies don't compete in good faith, that shouldn't be a surprise.

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02:59 May-19-2019

After seeing how many people say no and how manly complain about ****ty Epic store i still dont understand how all the publishers like ubisoft are saying that they are doing great on sales and comparing to previous releases like Division how can they compare that i bet if Division 2 came out on steam and not epic store it would have gotten even better sales

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04:35 May-19-2019

ubisoft have uplay which is the main reason they are going for the said epic exclusive , they want to use the outrage to redirect all the sales to their own launcher which is honestly far superior than the epic games store so ubisoft's strategy is obvious here and they willl continue to do so even without a paid exclusivity deal since it's paying off , and to confirm that look how they pulled out the division 2 from the epic mega fail sale cause it will drive people to

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04:37 May-19-2019

buy it from epic instead with the 10$ off discount and ubi don't want that as their long term plan is to go EA style and have their future games only available on their first party launcher in the long run and now they are just testing the water and what better opportunity than this one where the potentiel loss in sales is being covered by someone else and maybe even more and all the boycott outrage is being transformed into purchases from their uplay launcher

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13:26 May-19-2019

Well i guess you are right they are just using epic store to take the blame and redirect sales onto uplay Cheeky

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22:31 May-18-2019

i can't even play fortnite. their store sucks. i keep getting this error 'product activation failure error code: E150-0'.
like what product activation bitch its a free game.


Edit: Apex Legends rulz

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22:17 May-18-2019

Only the free games, the epic store lacks a lot of steam's functionality and steam uses less resources.

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22:09 May-18-2019

Heh, still have a backlog of years worth of games to get through :D

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21:40 May-18-2019

Nope, and I never will.

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20:41 May-18-2019

Hate myself for it, but I cracked on the Walking Dead Final Season. $5 was too good to pass up.

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21:39 May-18-2019

How could you.

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19:56 May-18-2019

Hard to say no when a title like Borderlands 3 is steamrolling in..

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19:29 May-18-2019

Nope, and I only intend to do so if they actually try to focus on the end costumer at some point. Them only trying to make the world better for publishers while forcing us on what basically is an "early access platform" isn't the way to go.
But hands down, if something like TES VI would be epic exclusive I couldn't resist, I can't blame those who bought exclusives despite not wanting to support Epic.

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19:23 May-18-2019

Just look at what's going on with the current sale. Publishers are pulling games from the store because Epic is devaluing the games by selling them at a discount, and it's especially hurtful to games that haven't come out yet. For publisher, sure, the publisher are ones that are pissed. Oh, and not having a cart means that you have to buy each game separately, and people are getting their accounts flagged because they're buying lots of games one at a time.

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19:07 May-18-2019

Yes, got all the freebies and got Metro Exodus. Also planning to snatch all exclusives I am interested into there,since I am not willing to wait for Steam release.Don't really care which launcher I use. And yeah, I know this will get downvoted. But Valve is always welcome to go from doing nothing to something about it.

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19:25 May-18-2019

I don't really care if someone uses the Epic Games Store, that's their personal choice and I'm not going to downvote them for that. Defending the Epic Games Store is a different thing entirely, and well worth the downvote. I'll even give an upvote for not defending them.

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04:29 May-22-2019

thats very fair

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18:55 May-18-2019

I wanted Division 2, but instead of Epic, chose just to buy it from UPlay. EGS exclusive is in a way good for ubi as many players might do the same, but it definitely lacks the reach of steam.

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