- Epic Games has announced that indie game developers can now self-publish on its store and take advantage of a revenue share model that gives developers the bulk of sales proceeds while Epic takes 12% commission.
- However, there is a submission fee of $100, and games must adhere to Epic’s guidelines, including supporting crossplay for all PC stores and including Epic’s achievements if they have them on other platforms.
- Developers will receive free age ratings for their games through the International Age Rating Coalition.
Indie game developers just got a big boost as Epic Games just announced that it will be allowing them self-publish on its store. It made the announcement on Thursday and said that they could start taking advantage of the program immediately.
It also comes with a revenue share model that sees Epic take 12 per cent commission on game sales while the developer takes the rest. Also, if developers use their own payment system for in-app purchases, they get to keep all the proceeds.
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However, there is a submission fee of $100 and some rules to take note of. For example, for multiplayer games, it will have to support crossplay for all PC stores and all games must have Epic’s achievements if they have achievements on other PC platforms.
“We realized as we were building this that the world is changing out from underneath us and that there were really high expectations of gaming ecosystems. [Those expectations] were just growing over time rapidly,” CEO Tim Sweeney said about the delay in releasing this self-publishing tool after it was hinted at since 2021 and promised in 2022.
Games on Epic Games Store have to obey guidelines that are a bit stricter than those of competitor, Steam. If a game is found to be in violation, a small group on Epic review board will look at it and determine if it should be allowed or not.
Developers will receive free age ratings for their games in collaboration with International Age Rating Coalition (IARC).
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