The Epic Games Store is set to continue to sign exclusivity deals with developers and publishers “regardless” of any previous commitments to Steam.
Epic CEO, Tim Sweeney, has taken to Twitter to state that exclusivity deals and funding offered by the Epic Games Store will continue to roll out, stating that “Epic is open to continuing to sign funding/exclusivity deals with willing developers and publishers regardless of their previous plans or announcements around Steam.”
The statement came after being questioned about a statement made by Epic Games Store head Steve Allison during an Epic Store Q&A at GDC 2019. “We don’t want to do that ever again,” Allison stated in regards to the Metro Exodus controversy around Deep Silver pulling the title from steam prior to release in order to announce its timed-exclusivity deal with Epic.
Sweeney went on to state that Allison’s comments “prompted further discussions at Epic” which lead to the “realization that these calls must be up to developers and publishers, and Epic wouldn’t tell them “no” on account of existing statements made about Steam.”
Sweeney made no further comments, but it seems that he has firmly placed the responsibility for these situations on the shoulders of developers and publishers. What’s your take on this? Do you agree with the practice on the Epic Games Store? Let us know in the comments below!