In mid-March, the founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney, went to Twitter to explain that the company would "unreservedly support" the sale to third parties of keys for games on Epic Games Store. , but not for exclusive titles at the store. . As such, it was understood that third-party key vendors, such as Humble and Green Man Gaming, would not offer keys for exclusive games at Epic Games Store, such as Borderlands 3.
Only a week after this statement, Sweeney changed position. He said the keys to the exclusives would be available through the Humble store, provided the game developer chooses to work with this third-party site. Indeed, these keys must always be activated via the Epic Games Store launcher, but the opening of exclusive keys to these external storefronts has an undeniable impact on many players around the world.
Specifically, Epic Games Store charges additional fees to those who use certain payment processors, such as paysafecard or WebMoney. This means that players who use these payment processors have been forced to pay a premium on the exclusive games of Epic Games Store up to this point.
On the other hand, third-party key sellers often have different agreements with these payment processors and can therefore sell games to players using them without any markup. In addition, by giving third parties access to the keys, this means that these sites may compete for the pricing of the Epic Games Store exclusives, which may result in additional savings on these games.
That said, not all Epic Games Store exclusives are available in the Humble and Green Man games, but one of them includes: Borderlands 3. Yes, at this point, players can pre-order the highly anticipated Gearbox Software shooter via these third-party sites, and players with Green Man Gaming VIP status can even receive a 10% discount on the game. title.
The availability of Borderlands 3 Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox, has recently been notified on Twitter of third-party websites. His response was apparently confusing, as he stated: "Where did you find BL3 for sale? Link, please? You must be mistaken. "
Earlier this week, Pitchford issued a vehement defense of Borderlands 3The exclusive Epic Games Store via Twitter. Part of this series of tweets focused on what Pitchford has described as an "absurd reduction" in business revenue generated by Steam sales, an apparent benchmark for basic income distribution. / 30 proposed by this distribution platform.
This contrasts with the 88/12 split offered by Epic Games Store and, interestingly, Green Man Gaming offers the same 70/30 split as Steam. Humble finds the middle ground, offering developers 75% of sales.
Where did you find BL3 for sale? Link, please? You must be mistaken.
– Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 19, 2019
Thus, unless special arrangements have been made for these third-party sellers to adjust their revenue share based on the Epic Games Store exclusives, Gearbox will receive a reduction in sales through Green Man Gaming. Humble. Epic has previously indicated that the company "will not receive any revenue from the sale of these games purchased via Humble Store". It seems that the share of developers will actually be lower than those of these third-party windows.
If this third-party availability is new to Pitchford, what his tweet seems to suggest, his confusion about it is understandable. The increase in developer revenue is definitely a selling point for publishing a title on Epic Games Store, which could be bypassed by those who buy via Humble Store and Green Man Gaming.
The CEO of Gearbox has since declared that he had asked Borderlands 3The publisher is talking about the situation and "they seem to believe that these sites are selling keys that will allow an accredited account to enjoy the right to play the game on Epic Games Store". That's certainly what a lot is waiting for, and the phrasing suggests that there may still be some confusion as to the impact of these third-party key sellers on net bottom line results. Gearbox.
Borderlands 3 The release scheduled for September 13, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One is currently planned.
Source: GamesIndustry.biz, Green Man Gaming, Humble, Twitter – Tim Sweeney, YouTube – Bellular News