The Epic Games Store: Bad Start for Good Competition

Borderlands 3; the long-awaited sequel in 2K Games beloved first-person shooter franchise hasn’t been feeling much love since its release announcement. The game has a September 13 release date. It will spend the first 6 months of its life exclusively on the Epic Games store.

The site is Epic Games’ newly established online storefront for purchasing PC games. Fans of the Borderlands series have not shown much delight over 2K Games’ decision to go the exclusive route and have taken to the prequel games’ steam store pages to express their discontent.

Exclusivity, even timed, has long since been a topic of contention in gaming. It’s much more favorable to be all-inclusive as opposed to exclusive after all. It creates a divide among the community of people who are apart of one specific club or another.

This isn’t the first time fans are upset about a particular game going exclusive. The developers of the highly acclaimed Bayonetta series, PlatinumGames, also received similar backlash with the sequels being Nintendo exclusives. Even the sequel to the 2013 Tomb Raider reboot Rise of the Tomb Raider saw its own exclusive time initially.

But while those exclusives favor what platform you choose to play your games on, this exclusive just favors how many inconveniences you’d like to face on the way to eventually playing it.

Steam has monopolized the way in which PC gamers play their games now with little competition to say otherwise. Outlets such as Origin and GOG have made little more than a dent in the amount of options Steam has.

It’s also worth noting the Wal-Mart-like nature of Steam. It’s a one-stop-shop for all of your PC gaming needs. You’re even able to add games you buy from most other outlets to your Steam library and play them there as well.

I can see how having to add yet another dedicated launcher to your machine to play a game can be cumbersome. It’s certainly not the worst thing in the world though. You’re still able to play the game on your preferred platform. The difference in prices is also negligible, so you won’t be paying any more or less money either.

I have to say, it’s interesting to see the divide Epic Games is starting to create with their new storefront among gamers and what it could mean going forward.

The differences in opinion are not entirely unwarranted though, as there seems to be a real concern for the lack of security the site has. The site’s UI also leaves a lot to be desired with little in the way of features or search options. Though, the paltry amount of games that it has to offer means that you won’t have to look too deep.

Healthy competition is great, but if Epic really wishes to compete with Valve, they’ll have to clean their game up. The site is still fairly new, so Epic still has time to improve and entice more players over to them, but it’s been a rocky start, to say the least, and I don’t think a few exclusives and the promise of a better cut for developers is going to be enough.

How do you feel about the Epic Games online store? Leave a comment below.

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