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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls For Unified Digital Games Store

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2021/11/29 23:49:36 (permalink)
https://www.bloomberg.com...zy-epic-games-ceo-says
 
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney recently spoke at the Coalition for App Fairness conference in Seoul where he called for a unified digital store for game platforms. Sweeney stated that Epic Games had already begun working with publishers and service providers to create this vision of a unified store where customers could be confident that their purchases would work across all platforms. The system described by Sweeney would be a radical departure from existing ecosystems such as Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, Nintendo, and Epic where digital purchases are often limited to an individual companies platform.

This new system would allow games purchased from any ecosystem to be fully playable on all supported platforms without requiring multiple purchases. The success of this vision is entirely dependent on game studios signing up to the program which will likely be a hard sell given the expected fall in sales. While there are limited options currently exist for cross-buy games the movie industry has implemented a similar program with Movies Anywhere which boasts large studios such as Disney, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.
 
This idea would save the consumer money, but of course there will be resistance from other gaming platforms who stand to lose money in my opinion. 

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    Re: Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls For Unified Digital Games Store 2021/11/30 04:52:21 (permalink)
    Somehow I doubt that this will go beyond a utopian idea.  There is too much revenue at stake and some game publishers can't afford to lose any.
     
    The only way this may come about is an option to purchase a game at an increased price that would work on all platforms.  This has its own pitfalls too, e.g., game publisher decides that having the all platform option at a higher price is the only option, whether you want to play on other platforms or not.


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    Re: Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney Calls For Unified Digital Games Store 2021/11/30 04:59:52 (permalink)
    So,,, the guy has a lawsuit against Apple because they run a monopoly that slightly deterred him  & his products....  and his answer is to create a different branded monopoly..? ...
     
    Sounds like he just wants a voice in whatever monopoly can be established....?🤦‍♂️

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