Another dagger was thrown at Steam from Epic Games this week from CEO Tim Sweeney as he took a shot at the company’s reputation for publishing poor games. The quotes below come from an interview Sweeney gave to PC Gamer, in which he talks more about the process for approving games and making deals with companies to have exclusive titles. During the interview, he wastes little time throwing shade at Steam over their system.
“We’ll have a quality standard that doesn’t accept crappy games,” he said. “We’ll accept reasonably good quality games, of any scale, whether small indie games to huge triple-A games, and we’ll take everything up to, like, an R-rated movie or an M-rated game. A GTA game would be fine to us, but Epic’s not going to distribute porn games or bloatware or asset flips, or any sort of thing that’s meant to shock players. The PC’s an open platform and if we don’t distribute it in our store you can still reach consumers directly.”
“We’re not going to have something like the console certification process involved in releasing a game,” said Sweeney when I asked how Epic would apply this quality standard. “But I think we’ll be aware of the quality of what’s submitted prior to making a decision to list it in the store—somehow.”
We don’t really wish people bad fortune that often, but there is a part of us that looks forward to the day one of the Epic Games Store exclusive titles turns out to be under-par, and Steam eventually throws the shade right back. Who really knows how much hostility there is between both companies, but one thing is for certain, Epic Games seems to have little issue throwing their direct competition under the bus.