The firm of Tim Sweeney announces the creation of a special page for the applications, placing itself in direct competition with the Windows Store. From today, it is possible to download the Itch.io game store and the free Brave browser.
Last December, the arrival of Spotify on the Epic Games Store had surprised more than one. It was not an isolated incident, but perhaps the start of a strategy. Indeed, this Thursday, April 22, the American studio announced to open a page dedicated to applications directly in his store. And among the applications that will soon take up residence, there is nothing more and nothing less than the online communications application Discord. The latter is not even present on the Windows Store, and its future arrival coming shortly after Discord declined an offer to buy from Microsoft for around $12 billion, hard not to see a snub or at least the beginning of a correlation.
The firm founded by Tim Sweeney therefore hits hard and is now welcoming the first wave of five applications: “The Itch.io DRM-free indie game store; the free Brave web browser; iHeartRadio streaming radio app (North America only); the KenShape 2D to 3D model generator and the Krita digital painting app ”, details in its Epic Games press release.
An open and free model
Epic promises to add many apps in the future to its store, which already seems determined to compete with the Windows Store. This one is indeed shunned by more and more popular apps like Zoom or Chrome. The announced reform of the Windows Store is perhaps not totally foreign to this new momentum of Epic.
Tim Sweeney has long championed a more open model for stores and apps on Windows. In order to convince developers, Epic does not want to recover a commission for purchases made within applications on its store. This explains why game stores like itch.io, or even Discord, have agreed to participate in this initiative.
Behind this principle of gratuity could also hide a more symbolic goal. Epic's lawsuit against Apple should start on May 3. Epic rightly criticizes the App Store for the amount deemed too high of its commission of 30% for in-app purchases.
In passing, we learn that the links between Spotify and Epic, already partners in a coalition against Apple, still seem to tighten. The two take the opportunity to sign a partnership: “Fortnite Club members who have just subscribed to Spotify Premium will be entitled to three months free”, says Epic Games. It is true that to attack Gafam, we should not forget to do business along the way.
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