Epic Games, the company behind popular games such as Fortnite and Rocket League, has announced the launch of self-publishing tools on their digital storefront, the Epic Games Store. These tools will allow developers and publishers to release games, maintain their store presence directly, and reach a rapidly growing audience of over 68 million monthly active users.
Using the Epic Developer Portal, any developer or publisher whose game meets the store’s requirements can use the new self-service publishing tools to release their game on the Epic Games Store. The store is open to all developers and publishers whose titles meet the requirements, which are designed to provide a best-in-class player experience that doesn’t lock players into a single store.
The Epic Games Store has also partnered with the International Age Rating Coalition (IARC) to help developers obtain ratings directly where required. This service is provided at no cost to developers. If a game already has a rating from an official rating system, it must be displayed on the store game page.
About Epic Games?
Epic Games is a video game and software development company based in Cary, North Carolina, USA. It is known for creating popular video games like Fortnite, Unreal, and Gears of War, as well as developing and licensing the Unreal Engine, a widely used game development tool. Epic Games also operates the Epic Games Store, a digital distribution platform for PC and Mac games.
Self-Publishing on Epic Games Store
Certain types of content are prohibited on the store, including hateful or discriminatory content, pornography, illegal content, content that infringes on intellectual property you do not own or have rights to use, scams, frauds, or deceptive practices, such as fake games or malware. Epic reserves the right to reject games that they don’t feel are sufficient in quality and functionality.
The process of publishing looks something like this
- Signup at Epic games as developer.
- Pay the $100 fee for game submission.
- Review agreement and complete account information.
- Create a page for your game on Epic game store.
- Upload and test builds.
- Submit game for review.
- Once approved, you game will be live on Epic Games.
Publishers who bring their games to the Epic Games Store will have access to an audience of over 230 million users from all over the world. They will receive 88% of the revenue for the games sold through Epic Games Store with an option to use their own or a 3rd-party payment solution to receive 100% of the revenue from in-app purchases.
For games built on Unreal Engine, engine royalty fees are waived for in-store purchases using Epic’s payment processor. In-app purchases and products using their own payment processor are not exempt from engine royalties.
Overall, the self-publishing tools on the Epic Games Store offer a new level of control and flexibility for developers and publishers, while providing a growing audience of gamers with access to a diverse range of quality games.
Source: Post by Epic Games