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Cool, a launcher that launches a launcher that launches my game's launcher :P Kinda potato about it, but that's nice!
I think the real question is, can we add it into Steam as a non-Steam game, so that we can then add that into GOG Galaxy? 🤔
YES we can! can even add Epic to Steam to daisy chain the lot 🤣
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I want Steam in Epic, and Origin in Steam. A human centipede of game launchers!
Publicity stunt. Itch knows they're a small player in the business so there's no harm in getting the free exposure. Epic just wants to show they "care" about the developers and is friendly to indies.
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you straight up nailed it. it gets people talking, but i doubt anyone is actually gonna get any use out of it.
True that. Though despite the fiasco with crowdfunded games going timed-exclusive with Epic, having Epic potentially boosting potential talent up from Itch.io relative obscurity is a nice thought. I mean sure it's all business and money and not about the goodness of their little hearts, but there's a chance it might serve to springboard some people more into the spotlight. It would be rare, but Epic as a well-oiled money machine would be quite invested in sniffing out the potential gold nuggets from the indie swamps, where usually people can struggle getting established. Yeah, that might mean they'll be timed exclusives too, but this seems massively less likely to be a broken backer-promise.
Besides, as I interpretted it (pinch of salt on standby), Epic 'funded' certain games under development by essentially pre-purchasing a number of units to help them get to the finish line. That'd be their part of the exchange for the timed exclusive. Epic takes the risk of the unfinished project going totally belly-up, being a barely functional husk, or just being plain terrible and not selling at the launch price, and the dev signs the timed exclusive. Supposing there aren't more predatory things going on under the hood, that seems like a decent exchange when you consider you get a bit of exposure on their less-populated storefront, and the game has a bit more juice to make it to launch.
I caution against the predatory things, because I still remember early on where there was some apparent clashing over Epic's first big christmas sale, where certain prices weren't agreed upon, which makes me think there was a dispute over the whole £10 off games above X price thing, perhaps from whose pocket it was coming out of? I dunno.
A bit weird to do the launcher-within-a-launcher thing but meh, if it helps the small fries boost into the limelight and they're not getting totally sharked in the process, I'm gonna stay hopeful.
Crap launcher with no changes made whatsoever, i don't want to see pictures of all my games, junk collections etc, just clear text..
Somebody also put epic on itch (https://timsweeney.itch.io/), so now you can go to epic to download epic launcher, to download itchio launcher, to go to epic, to download their launcher. The Launcher Ouroboros is complete!
Have you had a bitter experience somewhere? What's with the negativity?
Interesting! I honestly had been wondering why I could never find integration for itch.io into GOG Galaxy - I guess Epic partnering with itch.io neatly solves the problem, since GOG is already partnered with Epic to present their library in a much more user-friendly (at least to me) way, and it would be really nice if GOG can also present itch.io games in the same fashion.
Interesting, but kinda useless. What's the point of having a launcher inside a launcher if there's no integration between them?
It's kinda like installing Blender through Steam instead of using the standalone installer, what's the advantage?
For us, none. For itch, publicity - people will actually notice and investigate
great 2 things i never use for the price of one
I bought the big racial justice bundle on Itch, and the launcher is so barebones, it sucks. I wish the Itch people actually made moves to modernize it for the wider audience, and not just advertise - but I'm not going to knock the decision, as it's a cool place in general