So I preordered Phoenix Point, but I'm not familiar with the Epic game store. Can someone please explain to me what this means?
I mean, I know that the Epic game store is similar to Steam and GoG. But I don't know anything else about it. So can someone please explain to me why this is so bad? Thanks.
Most people who object to using "game stores that are not Steam" do so for a few reasons, combined. The biggest reason for a lot of folks, and probably the most practical one, is simply one of convenience; it's really convenient to have all your games in one place. Steam also has the second-best refund policy (after Origin), functional-if-slow support staff, and generally the application and the store are very reliable.
There are other objections to using other storefronts, though. For me, the biggest one is that the Epic store simply isn't feature-complete, and I'm not even talking about in comparison to the Steam client; just the storefront. There's no reviews, and even just finding information about the game is more difficult than it is on Steam. There are also no game-specific discussion boards as there are on Steam, so you'll have to go somewhere else to discuss the game or engage with the developer.
My objection to EGS is that they are buying up exclusivity deals to build up marketshare.
Exclusivity deals are harmful for competition, because users end up with fewer options, not more.
I already have EGS, but have stopped buying anything from them because I think their actions are harmful to the industry. If they had simply made themselves available as an alternative to Steam and allowed publishers and developers to sell their games on their store in addition to any other store their existing customers are on
, I would have had no problem with them.
Now I'm no Steam fanboy, Valve needs a shot in the arm to wake up and start working for their money for a change. But EGS is not an improvement, and they sure as hell aren't the lesser of two evils here.
I guess I'd make the counter point that they won't really ever get a shot at being a competitor with Steam until they have a reason for people to make the leap. EVEN if they provided literally everything Steam already does, there's still no incentive to use it. It's not necessarily bad to snag a few exclusive titles. It's only bad if they had primarily exclusive titles, right? So if they continued to provide a substandard product and only floated on exclusivity, that's bad.
I think people are right that Epic is probably painfully aware that fortnite is a very limited cash cow. I don't think they were even remotely expecting this kind of windfall, so they know they have to seize the moment and elbow in hard and fast, then try to improve as they go. Steam was in a similar situation, they just didn't have any competition.
I wish they would have been a bit more of a good guy about it though, and cleaned up their storefront and added some basic functionality BEFORE all the shenanigans. That would have gone a long way for PR. That being said, people have always been salty about using another platform, and it's understandable. Epic has to fight multiple uphill battles with this storefront, which likely means using some ugly tactics.
If Epic is still pulling this crap when EGS has a solid foothold, then I think it's time to get your pitchforks. I don't know how this will pan out in the long run. Designing a game thats integrated with steam and EGS isn't simple. You can make a game thats compatible with the two, but not one that will take advantage of achievements and the steam marketplace, then turn around and work with any future EGS marketplace. Steam provides an awful lot (VOIP, Achievements, cloud saving, cloud screenshot sharing, marketplace, friends integration etc) that EGS has *no* chance of replacing in the next year or so. However, if EGS can get a few of those in place, specifically a better VOIP and marketplace, I think they can naturally draw more folks. A lot of the games we play have homebaked or crappy VOIP solutions (or none at all!) in an age where it's basically second nature to hop on discord.