Epic Store Beta Testing Self-Publishing Tools

By Ben Hamill - August 20 2021

Epic Store Beta Testing Self-Publishing Tools

The Epic Games Store, seen by most as the only real competition to Steam, is a controversial online PC game storefront, to say the least. The company has already drawn waves of animosity from the video game community for a number of reasons, not in the least due to the barebones design of the software itself. But now, better late than never, Epic is finally introducing self-publication tools to the software infrastructure. This means that developers will finally be able to publish their games in a far more streamlined fashion.

As it stands, should a developer want to add their creations to the store, it is a long and arduous process. Developers are required to work hand in hand with Epic staff, and this results in a significantly more arduous and time-consuming publication process than would be assumed. With a storefront like Steam, on the other hand, the process of publication is basically entirely automated.

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Pros And Cons

Though, just because automated publication is faster, it certainly doesn’t mean the process is entirely beneficial. Steam is known for being all but overflowing with low quality content, most of which exists on the storefront entirely due to the fact that virtually nothing is curated. Or at least, nothing is curated by anything beyond the most basic AI.

So, although Epic Games Store may become more appealing to developers with automated self-publishing, the chances are that the quality of offered content will also gradually decline. This is, of course, assuming that the newly adopted system will work anything like the one seen at Steam.

It is possible that Epic will have a stricter curating process, helping to keep out the trash, but in this regard the company has not yet made any statements.

Minimum Requirements

What is known is that there will at least be a list of minimum requirements for a game to be published. These requirements include that the game launch, run, and be consistent with a written description. Additionally, content may not be hateful, discriminatory, pornographic, a scam, or contain malware.

It isn’t a very strict list, as far as quality control goes, leaving plenty of room for garbage to slip between the cracks. But with that being said, the new tools are, as of right now, only in their beta form. This means that there is still plenty of time for additional rules and quality control measures to be added.

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