Back in August, Discord launched their own digital games distribution store. Following this, Epic Games launched their own store, with a more aggressive revenue split for developers. Now, Discord has announced they’re changing their own revenue split to be even more aggressive.
While the Epic Games store revenue split is 88/12% with developers getting 88% of revenue, beginning next year Discord will only get 10% of revenue from developers hosting their games on their store. In comparison, Valve is still getting a 30% cut of revenue, a standard they have maintained for years.
Discord said that “it does not cost 30% to distribute games in 2018” and that following some research, they learned they can “build amazing developer tools, run them, and give developers the majority of the revenue share.”
Developers will be able to self-publish their games on the Discord store and retain 90% of their revenue. Discord noted their cut will cover operating costs and they’re looking to possibly lower it even further once they “optimizing our tech and making things more efficient.”
Discord hopes that as more developers migrate to one platform that is most financially sound to them, it will “reverse platform fragmentation in the game industry while connecting developers.”