Fortnite official artwork for the 50v50 mode

If you were wondering why Epic has never released Fortnite onto Steam, wonder no more as they have now announced their very own Epic Games Store. Perhaps most interestingly of all, Epic will only be taking 12% of the revenue (compared to Steam's 30%), and if the game is using the Unreal Engine they will also ignore the usual 5% royalty fee. A pretty damn good deal for the developers out there, especially considering there's no cost to having their game across multiple storefronts.

The Epic Games Store will also have the ability for developers to incentivize content creators on Youtube and Twitch by offering affiliate links with customizable revenue sharing. As an additional little bonus, Epic will be covering the first 5% of creator revenue-sharing for the first 24 months. 

These two benefits might not sound like a big deal, but if Epic plays their cards right the Epic Games Store could become a serious contender for Steam's throne. After all, they already have a gigantic playerbase, so it's all about getting as many developers on board as possible. If they can also do that without attracting heaps of shovelware garbage like Steam has, I do believe the Epic Games Store will have a bright future ahead of it. Whatever the case may be, more competition is certainly a positive thing for everyone involved!

More information, as well as details on some of the upcoming games, will be revealed at The Game Awards this Tuesday, December 6th. Until then, you can read a little bit more about the Epic Games Store over at the official website.