Published: Sat, December 15, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Discord Announces 90/10 Revenue Share For Game Developers In 2019

Discord Announces 90/10 Revenue Share For Game Developers In 2019

"We talked to a lot of developers, and many of them feel that current stores are not earning their 30% of the usual 70/30 revenue share", reads the announcement. Turns out, it does not cost thirty percent to distribute games in 2018.

Discord, which started selling games through its chat platform in August, will allow developers to self-publish games with a 90/10 revenue split from 2019.

Steam's long-standing reign in PC gaming may soon be compromised by Epic Games and Discord, both of which aim to attract developers to their new storefronts with better revenue split.

Discord has the potential to be even more disruptive because it already has nearly 200 million users, which is a whole lot of people.

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The expansion of the store is Discord's attempt to put an end to the trend of game companies creating standalone platforms for their titles. Is this the only reason developers are building their own stores and launchers to distribute games? Discord's paid Nitro subscription program also gives free access to dozens of games as well as other premium Discord communication features. Epic Games, the creators of the smash-hit Fortnite, is letting people download Subnautica for free through the Epic Games Store on PC.

To make the Epic Games Store even more appealing, the company has promised a new free game every two weeks - Subnautica is the first, with Super Meat Boy coming December 28. I'm looking forward to seeing if Valve changes their tactics whatsoever with how they currently operate Steam or if they'll stand pat despite Epic and Discord now clearly coming for them. It's already got an eclectic catalogue of mostly indie games.

The Epic Games Store is offering a new free game every two weeks so that's something to look forward to. Why do gamers have to pay for voice chat? With a platform that already has 200 million users on it plus the added benefit of now offering the best revenue split, I'm curious to see if this is a storefront that will begin getting a ton more traction in the future.

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