Epic Games is promoting their store: https://store.epicgames.com by offering weekly freebies (previously bi-weekly).

Notes:

  • these are not Steam keys, and you'll need to create/have an Epic Games account.
  • you can add the games to your library from the store web page
  • you'll need to download and install the games through the Epic Games Launcher to play.
  • if you missed out on a game or want to support the game through other means than Epic Store, check out the Deals link.

Past offerings:

Game Rating Free From Free Until Store Link Other deals
Subnautica 87% metacritic (more) 14-dec-2018 27-dec-2018 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Subnautica Deals - Subnautica
Super Meat Boy 87% metacritic (more) 28-dec-1018 10-jan-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Super Meat Boy Deals - Super Meat Boy
What Remains of Edith Finch 89% metacritic (more) 10-jan-2019 24-jan-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - What Remains of Edith Finch Deals - What Remains of Edith Finch
The Jackbox Party Pack 1 78% metacritic (xb1) (more) 24-jan-2019 7-feb-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - The Jackbox Party Pack 1 Deals - The Jackbox Party Pack
Axiom Verge 80% metacritic (pc) (more) 07-feb-2019 21-feb-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Axiom Verge Deals - Axiom Verge
Thimbleweed Park 84% metacritic (more) 21-feb-2019 07-mar-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Thimbleweed Park Deals - Thimbleweed Park
Slime Rancher 81% metacritic (more) 07-mar-2019 21-mar-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Slime Rancher Deals - Slime Rancher
Oxenfree 80% metacritic (more) 21-mar-2019 04-apr-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Oxenfree Deals - Oxenfree
The Witness 87% metacritic (more) 04-apr-2019 18-apr-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - The Witness Deals - The Witness
Transistor 83% metacritic (more) 18-apr-2019 02-may-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Transistor Deals - Transistor
World of Goo 90% metacritic (more) 02-may-2019 16-may-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - World of Goo Deals - World of Goo
Stories Untold 81% metacritic (more) 16-may-2019 30-may-2019 (?) [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Stories Untold Deals - Stories Untold
RiME 78% metacritic (more) 23-may-2019 30-may-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - RiME Deals - RiME
City of Brass 69% metacritic (more) 30-may-2019 06-jun-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - City of Brass Deals - City of Brass
Kingdom New Lands 87% metacritic (XB1) (more) 06-jun-2019 13-jun-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Kingdom New Lands Deals - Kingdom New Lands
Enter The Gungeon 84% metacritic (more) 13-jun-2019 20-jun-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Enter The Gungeon Deals - Enter The Gungeon
Rebel Galaxy (at Steam, GOG) 75% metacritic (more) 20-jun-2019 27-jun-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Rebel Galaxy Deals - Rebel Galaxy
Last Day of June (at Steam, GOG) 75% metacritic (more) 27-jun-2019 04-jul-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Last Day of June Deals - Last Day of June
Overcooked (at Steam, GOG - Gourmet Ed.) 81% metacritic (more) 04-jul-2019 11-jul-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Overcooked Deals - Overcooked
Torchlight (at Steam, GOG, Humble, Humble Trove) 83% metacritic (more) 11-jul-2019 18-jul-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Torchlight Deals - Torchlight
Limbo (at Steam, GOG, Humble, Humble Trove, Itch.io) 88% metacritic (more) 18-jul-2019 25-jul-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Limbo Deals - Limbo
Moonlighter (at Steam, GOG, Humble) 74% metacritic (more) 25-jul-2019 01-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Moonlighter Deals - Moonlighter
This War of Mine (at Steam, GOG (Anniversary ed.), Humble (Deluxe ed.)) 83% metacritic (more) 25-jul-2019 01-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - This War of Mine Deals - This War of Mine
Alan Wake (at Steam, GOG, Humble) 83% metacritic (more) 02-aug-2019 09-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Alan Wake Deals - Alan Wake
For Honor Standard Ed. (at Steam) 76% metacritic (more) 02-aug-2019 09-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - For Honor Deals - For Honor
GNOG (at Steam, GOG, Humble, itch.io) 77% metacritic (more) 08-aug-2019 15-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - GNOG Deals - GNOG
Hyper Light Drifter (at Steam, GOG, Humble) 84% metacritic (more) 15-aug-2019 22-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Hyper Light Drifter Deals - Hyper Light Drifter
Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden (at Steam, GOG) 78% metacritic (more) 15-aug-2019 22-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden Deals - Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden
Fez (at Steam, Humble, itch.io) 91% metacritic (more) 22-aug-2019 29-aug-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Fez Deals - Fez
Celeste (at Steam, itch.io) 88% metacritic (more) 29-aug-2019 05-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Celeste Deals - Celeste
Inside (at Steam, GOG, itch.io) 87% metacritic (more) 29-aug-2019 05-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Inside Deals - Inside
The End is Nigh (at Steam, Humble Trove) 84% metacritic (more) 05-sep-2019 12-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - The End is Nigh Deals - The End is Nigh
ABZU (at Steam, GOG) 83% metacritic (more) 05-sep-2019 12-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - ABZU Deals - ABZU
Conarium (at Steam, GOG) 71% metacritic (more) 12-sep-2019 19-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Conarium Deals - Conarium
Batman: Arkham Collection (at Steam) 91/91/70% metacritic (more) 19-sep-2019 26-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store Deals - Batman: Arkham Collection
Lego Batman Trilogy (at Steam) 80/81/73% metacritic (more) 19-sep-2019 26-sep-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store Deals - Lego Batman Trilogy
Everything (at Steam, Humble, itch.io) 78% metacritic (more) 26-sep-2019 03-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Everything Deals - Everything
Metro 2033 Redux (at Steam, GOG, Humble) 90% metacritic (more) 26-sep-2019 03-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Metro 2033 Redux Deals - Metro 2033 Redux
Minit (at Steam, GOG, itch.io) 79% metacritic (more) 03-oct-2019 10-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Minit Deals - Minit
Surviving Mars (at Steam, GOG) + 2 FREE DLC 76% metacritic (more) 10-oct-2019 17-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Surviving Mars Deals - Surviving Mars
Alan Wake: American Nightmare (at Steam, GOG, Humble) 73% metacritic (more) 17-oct-2019 24-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Alan Wake: American Nightmare Deals - Alan Wake: American Nightmare
>observer_ (at Steam, GOG) 77% metacritic (PS4)(more) 17-oct-2019 24-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - >observer_ Deals - >observer_
Q.U.B.E. 2 (at Steam, GOG) 76% metacritic (more) 24-oct-2019 31-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Q.U.B.E. 2 Deals - Q.U.B.E. 2
Layers of Fear (at Steam, GOG) 72% metacritic (more) 24-oct-2019 31-okt-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Layers of Fear Deals - Layers of Fear
Costume Quest (at Steam, GOG, Humble, itch.io) 74% metacritic (more) 31-oct-2019 7-nov-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Costume Quest Deals - Costume Quest
SOMA (at Steam, GOG, Humble, Humble Trove) 84% metacritic (more) 31-oct-2019 7-nov-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - SOMA Deals - SOMA
Nuclear Throne (at Steam, GOG, itch.io) 88% metacritic (more) 7-nov-2019 14-nov-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Nuclear Throne Deals - Nuclear Throne
RUINER (at Steam, GOG) 75% metacritic (more) 7-nov-2019 14-nov-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - RUINER Deals - RUINER
The Messenger (at Steam, GOG) 83% metacritic (more) 14-nov-2019 21-nov-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - The Messenger Deals - The Messenger
Bad North (at Steam, GOG) 75% metacritic (more) 21-nov-2019 28-nov-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Bad North Deals - Bad North
Rayman Legends (at Steam) 89% metacritic (more) 29-nov-2019 06-dec-2019 [ENDED] Epic Games Store - Rayman Legends Deals - Rayman Legends

CURRENT WEEK

Game Rating Free From Free Until Store Link Other deals
Jotun: Valhalla Edition (at Steam, GOG) 79% metacritic (more) 5-dec-2019 [NOW] 12-dec-2019 Epic Games Store - Jotun: Valhalla Edition Deals - Jotun: Valhalla Edition

NOTE: Problems claiming? Select another tab in on the Epic Store page in your browser, then hit back; page will load correctly. Thanks to the commenters below for this tip!

COMING

The Escapists (at Steam, GOG) 71% metacritic (more) 12-dec-2019 [COMING] 19-dec-2019 Epic Games Store - The Escapists Deals - The Escapists
  • GOG, Humble (Trove), Itch.io links as/when DRM-free options, and usually Steam for reference
  • edit: updated @ 8 dec
1 year ago*

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Will you consider the Epic Game Store your new default library?

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Never, I'll stick to Steam thank you very much
Maybe, if I get enough freebies to get me started
Sure, if they will let me link my Steam profile to bootstrap my collection
Why not another store indeed, if the prices are right

Eh, I will take the freebies but unless purchases include a steam key (seems unlikely) I doubt I will spend money.

1 year ago
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i second that.

1 year ago
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+1, can't teach new tricks to old dogs

1 year ago
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Ah ah, LOL!

1 year ago
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Same here, i am a STEAM user.

1 year ago
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here, here

8 months ago
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+1

7 months ago
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They'll be activated on the account forever?

1 year ago
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Yes, they will be.

1 year ago
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Do you maybe have any source for that? :)
I couldn't find a clear statement :/

1 year ago
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I quoted that interview in my Epic Game Store thread.

Q: What are you doing to make the Epic Games Store more attractive to consumers?
Tim Sweeney: Among other things, the store will also feature one free game every two weeks throughout 2019. Epic is funding these free releases so players can experience the wide range of creative works that will be available.

If the "free" part would only be a temporary demo, there'd be no reason for Epic to fund it. No, those are permanent additions to your library.

1 year ago
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Thank you :)
Guess you are probably right :)
Looking forward to it then!

1 year ago
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TenCent owns almost half of Epic. There are TONS of money backing this store.

1 year ago
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Tencent already owns the Chinese gaming market which is arguably larger than USA's market.

It's only a matter of a year or two before Steam is #2 and Epic Games is #1.

Sad, but true.

1 year ago
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happy vake day ^^

8 months ago
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I would like to know that too :/
If it's just an very extended free-weekend then I'm not going to even bother.

1 year ago
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It has to be free to keep, otherwise the promo would be a farce. ;)

1 year ago
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It's just super obvious they'll bring free games to build a fanbase. It's their only way to get a chance against the behemoth that is Valve.

Not only free games but they'll need others bait to compete, like awesome bundle or something. People might have forgotten but when Valve got bigger with their Steam Sales there was some really awesome bundle and their prices were more agressive. Now that they built their reputation they don't have to, until a competitor knock at their door...

1 year ago
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Guess you are right :)
Will be interesting to see what they will offer after that big start with Subnautica and SMB :)

1 year ago
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a very noice start, Epic!

edit: wow, i'm looking at their coming titles :O
+ "Mod Editors, Ignite a world of possibilities and get more out of the games you love. Browse mod editors for your favorite PC games."

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+1

1 year ago
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I have uplay, steam, origin, gog. 1 more launcher? no thanks

1 year ago
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I have Steam, Uplay, Origin, Social Club, Battle.net... sigh, this is getting crazy (–_–)
GOG Galaxy doesn't matter because it's optional. All the games from GOG have classic installers that don't need it.

1 year ago
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Steam, Uplay, Battle.net and Gameforge here. Not enough to break your record, but more than enough to lose the overview. I appreciate that Epic Games is offering free games on their store, but I'm good with the ones I already have.

1 year ago
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I have GOG though launcher is optional, Steam,Battle.net, Uplay, Origin, Twitch, Social Club and now Epic since I want Subnautical and I can't say no to free. I would have added Bethsada to the count if Fallout 76 was not such a train wreck.

1 year ago
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still missing the best one: itch.io

1 year ago
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There's also Microsoft, Twitch, Battle.net, itch.io, Rockstar, Bethesda for the poor souls that bought Fallout 76. Humble doesn't have a launcher, but I've got a ton more games there than I ever will on Epic. Discord just got into the game. I need another digital store like I need a hole in the head. I already can't keep track of what I own where.

1 year ago
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I've got all of the available clients I'm sure. However, I only keep two downloaded at any given time (usually Steam and Uplay).

1 year ago
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Wow, you really know when to put your foot down.

1 year ago
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You can ditch GOG launcher no? DRM free at least no need launcher.

1 year ago
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Mutliplayer games require it -- because there's really no such thing [at least in the 'for profit' world] as DRM-free online multiplayer games.

1 year ago
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Steam, Uplay, Origin, Bethesda launcher, Battle.net, Social Club, GOG, Epic, Twitch... That's just too many launchers to enjoy looking at my collection. "Nice collection I have here, but where is that one game? (6 launchers later) Ah, here you are!"

8 months ago
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Others only have 1 launcher: Piratebay. To each his/her own, I guess.

7 months ago
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That sounds promising, although I do not plan to get rid of Steam.
If Epic Games is more dev and user friendly, it will also force Steam to be more customer-oriented. at least in theory
Thanks for the news. :)

1 year ago
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another store means more competition which can only be good for consumers.
And they actually give good deals for devs.

While I do personally already have subnautica and have defeated it, I still think its awesome and everyone should try it.
Nicely done epic games.

1 year ago
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Awesome!!
thanks for info ^^

1 year ago
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This is going to get ridiculous like with all the streaming services for movies and TV... everyone has their "exclusives" You wind up paying MORE then cable to get all of them... it will collapse.
This will collapse too... if too many Dev's try to withhold their games to their service only, sales will hurt.

1 year ago
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But cable tv is subscription based. This is just a store. You need to have clients installed but you only pay for what you get so I don't see the comparison.

1 year ago
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Do you really want to have 20 different "launches" installed on your PC to keep your games? Cause that's whats happening now. We got steam, EA, UBI, Bethesda etc.
Also they have less and less motivation to have sales if they are literally the ONLY way to get the newest hot AAA title on PC if they want to be exclusive. $60 10 years later? Sure cause you cant get it ANYWHERE ELSE.
Also they are also doing some subscription based stuff on consoles already for games.

1 year ago
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Do you really want to have 20 different "launches" installed on your PC to keep your games?

I have lots of unused storage and I don't need to keep them open (or even installed) at all times so why not? I'm not paying for storage on my own computer.

Also they have less and less motivation to have sales if they are literally the ONLY way to get the newest hot AAA title on PC if they want to be exclusive.

They can't afford to be exclusive. But I get them not wanting to empower Steam any further. They don't want to end up with the Amazon problem.

Also they are also doing some subscription based stuff on consoles already for games.

Well, we're no talking consoles here but if you get a decent array of games from it and you end up paying less than you would if you bought the games (most of which you won't even replay), what's the harm?

All in all, it's up to users to decide what they will and won't do. Nobody is forcing you into anything. It's a free market and competition is a good thing for people selling their games and for users.

1 year ago
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Playstation Now can actually be used on PC, do not even need a console (it is recommended to use a DS3 or DS4 controller though). It is a streaming service that PC gamers can use. And it will prolly be how the next generation (if not the 9th gen most likely the 10th gen) consoles work, just a box that streams the source to them. Interesting enough that is what they wanted at one point with the xbox 360 and even as far back as dreamcast and even sega genesis (sega channel).

1 year ago
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Oh yeah I read about that. I agree that's probably where consoles are heading (it would solve hardware problems too)
I will look into it, thanks

1 year ago
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This is why piracy went UP through Netflix, not down. Because every service went and created their own little niche.

11 months ago
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Ah the benefits of competition. Hopefully the bite will be good enough for some good steam drops... maybe even rares

1 year ago
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Competition is good for us. Let's see what happens.

1 year ago
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This

competition >>> a few megabyte on the hard disk

1 year ago
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I think so too. We invite trouble for ourselves by sticking to one store. Steam has been good and it's well established so I doubt they have to close shop because competition is arising. They might have to get softer on some practices and to pay more attention to users more, and to devs. It works for us.

1 year ago
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AAAAAAAAAAAAAND THEN-they leak your personal information like Bethesda did
But,we shall see,maybe,just maybe this will force STEAM to get from their asses

1 year ago
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Using Bethesda as an argument for anything remotely resembling logic

Don't do that.

11 months ago
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The issue is that there isn't really any competition. There's Steam and GOG, and to a much lesser degree Uplay and Origin and itch.io and Microsoft and now Discord. But I'm not buying anything on Uplay, Origin, Microsoft, itch, or Discord that isn't an exclusive. Are you? I'm not seeing adding an 8th store to the mix as changing anything, it'll only be used for Epic exclusives.

And for exclusives we also have Battle.net, Rockstar, Bethesda... And that's not to mention Humble and Twitch as other sources of games.

There are so many digital stores that I can't even keep track of what I own where anymore.

Also, I can't log into my Epic account, I can't change my Epic password, and I can't get Epic support to respond. That's not a good sign.

1 year ago
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Well Steam is also the only store that has regional pricing for my country. SO yeah.

1 year ago
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Doesn't GOG now give you store credit in lieu of regional pricing?

1 year ago
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No clue I haven't bought anything there. That would be nice if they do, but I prefer a straight discount

1 year ago
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+1. Regional pricing in my country is about 40% less compared to US prices, so yeah, sticking with Steam for now.

7 months ago
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But I'm not buying anything on Uplay, Origin, Microsoft, itch, or Discord that isn't an exclusive. Are you?

I can't really answer because I don't remember where I bought what but unless the prices are more interesting, no probably not.

There are so many digital stores that I can't even keep track of what I own where anymore.

I use ITAD to keep track because I'm like you.

Also, I can't log into my Epic account, I can't change my Epic password, and I can't get Epic support to respond. That's not a good sign.

Indeed not good. If they all want to beat Steam they're going to need to implement more than a larger store. They also need to implement services but I guess that's part of the gamble.

1 year ago
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ITAD is great for prices, but I'm talking about library management. I have games spread across so many digital stores - Steam, GOG, Humble, Origin, Uplay, Twitch, Microsoft, Rockstar, and stores I'm probably forgetting. Which illustrates the problem - if I can't remember all the stores, let alone which games I have on which store, that's a clear sign that there are too many stores (or I have too many games, but clearly that's impossible).

1 year ago
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I find ITAD is also a great way to manage my collection with tags and groups but you're absolutely right, it's hard to keep track all across the web.
And yeah having every publisher create a store and a client for their games is going to get out of control but I think Steam needs to be reminded that they can't corner the market and make outrageous demands. The fact they revised their splits recently shows that they're worried by the trend so it's a good thing they're worried.

I'm not saying it's going to stay like that but competition is a good thing for any market. If Steam makes efforts to keep everyone happy because they are threatened, it'll be a positive thing.

(Also... too many games? What is that? I don't get that concept :P)

1 year ago
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Is there a way to use ITAD to track what games you have where without a ton of manual entry?

1 year ago
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Well, I wanna watch the whole world burn xD

1 year ago
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Nice. Always wanted to try out Subnautica, looks like I'll get my chance now. A strong showing for Epic, especially with the exclusive (?) rights for Journey's PC debut as well as Supergiants' next one, Hades (while in Early Access, at least). I'm keen to see how this will shake out for Epic.

1 year ago
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Oh. Wow. Subnautica for free? That is a powerful start indeed.

Having it on the top places of the wishlist for some time now, it's a sure sign that I'll be using an additional client/platform. On the other hand, I'd say there's also a strong possibility that these titles will soon show up as bundled for Steam as well (if I'm not mistaken Subnautica will have a new DLC in 2019, so it may be a push in that direction).

1 year ago
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I will try subnautica for sure but after that I will uninstall their client xD

1 year ago
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Epic games FTW, Subnautica - the game of the year (golden joystick award), Valve beware...

1 year ago
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It is only good for Fortnite players atm and I don't think anything will change, unless they implement regional pricing.

1 year ago
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Yup I agree regional pricing is the only thing that turned me away from piracy

1 year ago
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oh, that's pretty nice. They already implemented Steam style refund system and now this. Only forums more and I'll see no problem changing Steam to Epic games launcher.

11 months ago
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I think Epic's Store will be an add to the industry of games. Steam's monopoly lasted for so long that we all got used to it and that's bad. In the other hand, Steam did great all those years, seriously, they did a lot of things and improvements in gaming, but i think they should invested more on the platform with all the money they milked from devs.

Before Steam was a precise and solid but now they are dumbing the system with useless features and uncurated stuff. Removing Greenlight was a mistake and identifying as a marketplace instead of a community killed the remaining. Yup, Steam have a mostly bad community and it's marketplace is gross. They were sustainable then they are not anymore. Games with large player base and indies are searching for more revenue without unexplained share abuse.

Nothing is all bad anyway, as i said, Steam started and it's there since the beginning, now it's time to adapt.

1 year ago
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I never knew much about Epic Games, do I need to download another browser to claim and play the games?

1 year ago
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Yes, you do. The launcher can be downloaded via the blue box in the right upper corner.

1 year ago
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You missed out :p

View attached image.
1 year ago
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There actually is a link for Super Meat Boy (if you scroll through the store):
https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/product/super-meat-boy-forever/home

1 year ago
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its Super Meat Boy Forever (second part). Or they will make giveaway for brand new game? :o
http://supermeatboy.com/

Is This a Sequel?
Yes. This is Super Meat Boy 2, but with a less boring name than “Super Meat Boy 2”.

1 year ago
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Will you consider the Epic Game Store your new default library?

Why have a "default" library? Since when do we go "oh, from now on I will only consider buying products from Walmart"?

1 year ago
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Yeah, I've loaded the question a bit :)

Personally, even though I enjoy a variety of platforms, operating systems, publishers, launchers, and whatnot, I find I tend to have a go-to - in my case Steam on Windows, which is for me a pretty feature-complete platform for gaming. Though I prefer Linux for productivity and enjoy certain games through uplay, origin, gog, and some exclusives on PS4. Ultimately if a game is good enough I'll go through the inconvenience to add another element to my gaming environment.

1 year ago
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I just like having stand-alone installers, without a client at all ;)
But otherwise, clients are so small compared to games anyway, that I don't find it to be that big a deal. Except when the client is just particularly shitty ^^

1 year ago
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ill take the freebies

1 year ago
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and only the freebies +1

1 year ago
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Like i did with GoG. But i fell bad about it.

1 year ago
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EA's Origin also gave freebies in the past. But they don't do it anymore.
I wonder if Epic will always give something or will suddenly stop giving freebies like EA.

1 year ago
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They indicate that freebies will last until end of 2019, One freebie every 2 weeks. After that, no freebies to expect I think.

1 year ago
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That makes 24 games free.
I hope they're good.

1 year ago
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I'll skip this, thanks. Having a game doesnt worth a whole new launcher and all the trouble that gives. If the games are not set right now, the two week free games will lose value fast anyway.
You know I just thinking. Steam could just kick this thing out of business if they givethe exact same games every time Epic do, nulling out the effect

1 year ago
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Ahem, you do understand that Steam can't simply give away games without the developers agreeing?
And why would they, if they give those games to Epic to support them and their revenue split?

1 year ago
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I'm pretty sure steam could "convince" a few of them to do it. Who doesnt like lots of money? And they sure isnt loyal if they just jump another ship because a bit better profit.
If steam thought them as serious threat or gave two shit about anything, they could stomp this out before it even hatch.

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This make no sense at all, because it is exactly about money. And if Steam wanted to convince them, all they'd have to do is to drop their cut too (and not only for successful AAA games).
And that Steam considers them at least as some serious contender, is pretty much already proven just by the fact that they dropped their 30% cut two days before Epic announced their 88/12 store. Why else would they have done so, after sticking with those 30% for all those years?

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Look man, I have surface level information about anything, and assume things based on my paranoid delusions. I didnt knew steam already responding to this new thing. I just thought that those who abandon steam this fast could be lulled back just as fast with a counter offer. My musings should not be taken this seriously that you and I have to write a whole paragraph for counter arguing each other.
Also I get blacklisted by 2 person because this whole chat. I dont want to pour oil to the fire with whatever im saying ok?

1 year ago
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That's absolutely okay. Though you should probably be more cautious with posting "I'm sure that ..." judgments in future, if you didn't really follow the related recent news.

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I would possibly try that, if it had linux support. Without it, it's an instant no for me.

1 year ago
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Subnautica is a very good start. I'd happily use epic's launcher for that

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I don't care about Subnautica and I care even less about Super Meat Boy. I looked around in their store, didn't see anything noteworthy either. I'll give it some time, maybe one day. For now, it's not worth it.

1 year ago
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This is going to blow up extremely fast. Like record breaking numbers kinda fast.

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OK, they're doing enough to entice new customers, but that's still not enough to bring over people who already have hundreds of games on Steam. No one wants to spend money on just another launcher. It looks like a good deal for devs, but what's in it for customers to but from there? Steam is already beyond any platform. Weekly sales, seasonal mega sales, trading, occasional freebies, community market, streaming, groups, a community platform. Epic has a long way to catch up.

The only reason for me to consider buying a game on Epic Store is to support the devs, and I do want to many devs, like Gunfire Games' Darksiders 3, but that's still not going to make me switch platforms.

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but what's in it for customers to buy from there?

That is the single best question in this thread, and honestly, the only one most people care to have answered.
Freebies are nice and all, but freebies don't keep the lights on.

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PC exclusives

1 year ago
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Yeah seems like now a lot of main developers/publishers are now just sticking with their own launcher but in a way you can’t blame them from a business perspective since they will be saving more money, since valve takes what a 30% cut?

EA, Activision. I guess the only one that still sells on steam is Ubisoft but you still then need steam + uplay to run it.

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but in a way you can’t blame them from a business perspective

Actually, as a consumer, I can blame them for anything that inconveniences my already hectic days.
And that is why I simply don't use most other clients - it's convenient for me to have all (well, nearly all) my games on one bookshelf.

They're going to need to do a lot more for consumers if they want to win any decent share of the market, because at the end of the day, despite people saying "we want to support developers!", all we really want is more money in our wallets (and more free time to play games).

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Yeah I am like you I prefer to have all my games under one platform instead of having them all spaced out between the various platforms that we have, but for those that are "for the developer" then having separate launchers would be good for that crowd so then they won't have to pay a fee to be put out there when if they can just do it in-house then less money will be going to third parties.

But regardless it seems like this is how it is going to start happening soon, where I think a lot of the major publishers who own major developers will probably start excluding their games to their own respective platforms (launchers) like what we see now with Activision/Blizzard, and even Bethesda now with the new fallout 76 game.

1 year ago
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I can understand exclusivity for consoles, but pc is a own (open ) system/ "Console", which shouldnt be parted further.

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but freebies don't keep the lights on.

Selling the data they gather from people who use the launcher does. Steam doesn't share account details and statistics with publishers, so they make their own launchers to get that information.. Data mining, even anonymous, is worth millions.

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That brings up something I noticed that when I installed the Epic launcher to check things out.

When you purchase a game (I added one to cart to check out their process), you actually have to opt out of the publisher/developer mailing list rather than opt in.

1 year ago
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