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Epic Games Boss Tim Sweeney: We’ll Stop Pursuing Exclusives if Valve Offers a Better Cut for Gamedevs

We’ve learned Epic Games could stop their controversial exclusivity agreements if Valve offers a better revenue cut for developers releasing their games on Steam.

The news comes via Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney, who said their company would stop their pursuit of exclusivity agreements if Valve gave developers a bigger cut of revenue from games sold on Steam.

“If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached,” Sweeney said on Twitter, “Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.”

Epic Games has been courting a lot of new and existing games to be exclusive to their store, on Windows PC, mostly due to their better revenue cut for developers. Valve has been offering developers the same 70-80% cut for years.

Sweeney added, “Such a move would be a glorious moment in the history of PC gaming, and would have a sweeping impact on other platforms for generations to come. Then stores could go back to just being nice places to buy stuff, rather than the Game Developer IRS.”

Some big releases like The Division 2, Anno 1800, and even Borderlands 3 have all been exclusive to the Epic Games Store.

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