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Thread: The new Epic Games store, with only 12% commission

  1. #51
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    I'm not popular at all, I never get any.

    Their 2FA by email annoys me, though. The emails take anywhere from no time to ten minutes to arrive. Trying the Android app 2FA now, will see how that goes.

  2. #52
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    Now they're doing a big summer sale event, and also giving a free $10 for all purchases over $15.

    They're really pushing to get more adoption on the store.

    https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-U...epic-mega-sale

  3. #53
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Gotta say, Ashen for $14 does seem tempting.

    Also, am I missing something or are those pre-order prices really cheap? VtmB:Bloodlines 2 for $14, Control for $19, Phoenix Point for $9? Guess I figured at least the first two would be full-priced AAA titles, but rather they seem to have budget-pricing, and on top of that a huge sale-discount.

    edit: I am missing something. When I check out the website Control is listed at $50. The cheaper prices are only in the desktop app. Tried buying Control for $19 but it told me I need to make the purchase in my own country. Loged in on the website, checked my settings, and my country is listed as Malaysia. Errr... what.

    edit2: I remember now that I changed my password for Epic Store at some point because of some shady shit like this. Yeah, no, I'm not spending any money in this store.
    Last edited by henke; 16th May 2019 at 09:42.

  4. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    edit2: I remember now that I changed my password for Epic Store at some point because of some shady shit like this. Yeah, no, I'm not spending any money in this store.
    Sounds like someone got into your account and changed the country. I did get (bi-)weekly messages from Epic (or quite possibly phishing emails) about people trying to get into my account during the fall while Fortnite was turning into a juggernaut. This was before they launched their store and my account was only really created so I could mess around with UE4.

  5. #55
    Chakat sex pillow
    Registered: Sep 2006
    Location: not here
    I wouldn't blame you for trying to buy Control at that price. I ain't gonna say how much it is in my local currency, but it's enough to make me feel bad about breaking my pre-purchase rules and my feelings about supporting devs properly. I'll make it up to them later; for now, chancing upon a little serendipity is a nice enough thing that I don't need to boot it off a bridge.

  6. #56
    Southquarter.com/fms
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    Quote Originally Posted by henke View Post
    Gotta say, Ashen for $14 does seem tempting.
    Is that Finlandian dollars or something? I picked it up this morning for 20 bucks US.

  7. #57
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Read the rest of the post. Malaysian dollars. :/

  8. #58
    Southquarter.com/fms
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    Oh right, my bad. Damn those...Malaysians...

    I will say Epic giving $10 off every game above 15 bucks is nice. And the free game per week is pretty sweet too. I have to admit, I'll be checking the store more and more often now (just what they wanted, I know).

    On the flip side, I was a bit surprised how few games they are offering at the moment. And about 20% of what's listed says "Coming Soon" or "Pre-order Now!"

  9. #59
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Melbourne, Australia
    I prefer having all my games in one place, so Steam will still be my preference. That said, the free games I'll always go for.

    The EA on the house stuff for Origin I absolutely loved while that was still on. That gave some damn fine games away. Gave me a reason to actually use Origin later on, as they'd often be bug fixed and made to work with modern systems.

  10. #60
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    This sale makes it painfully obvious how bad the storefront is, though.

    How can I even find what's for sale short of scrolling through pages of large images? Why can't I filter out pre-purchases and coming-soons?

    Also, now Bloodlines has disappeared from the page entirely. I was just idly going to check how much it is here after Henke mentioned it, and it's simply not there any more.

    Edit: apparently because the publisher removed it intentionally because it was "too cheap" in some regions during the sale.
    And they're not the only ones, a few other games are gone too.

  11. #61
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    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    I just saw that Subnautica Below Zero is one of the ones on sale, which is on my list to get as soon as I saw it on sale... But honestly I don't want to get it on Epic--I'd rather just wait months for a Steam sale--because I'm afraid I'll just forget it about it on Epic and either not get around to playing it or accidentally buy it again on Steam. Well, not even that. The real reason is I haven't actually bought anything off the Epic store yet, just the free games. I don't want to give them my credit card info because the first time I logged in my account belonged to some random Thai person, not to mention the deplorable state of its UI and whole system really.

    Edit: That said, 50% at this point in its development is pretty great for that game... It's still a debate.
    Last edited by demagogue; 17th May 2019 at 06:02.

  12. #62
    Moderator
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    You might find my post on the previous page of some interest.

  13. #63
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Thanks although that's for the first Subnautica which I already have.
    (It was my favorite game from last year or two years ago, whenever it game out in early access.)
    Here I'm talking about the new one in early access, Below Zero.

    And BTW speaking about the early access part... The other question I have is how does Epic handle game updates?
    On Steam games update automatically, and it's easy to see because there's a literal update queue you can manage, and it also makes it easy to revert to an older version if one wanted, e.g., to finish off their save game before updating to a new version. I don't really trust the Epic Store to handle game updates well at all.

  14. #64
    Moderator
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    Hehe, I'm not sure what post you are referring to. I'm taking about the fake Thai account that I mentioned earlier in this thread.

  15. #65
    Moderator
    Registered: Jan 2003
    Location: NeoTokyo
    Uh...

    Quote Originally Posted by Twist View Post
    Worth noting: Subnautica will be free on the Epic Games store from Dec 14th to Dec 27th.

  16. #66
    Level 10,000 achieved
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Finland
    Looks like dema got all twisted up!

  17. #67
    Moderator
    Registered: Sep 2000
    Location: Hong Kong
    An inferior mimicry!

  18. #68
    Member
    Registered: Mar 2001
    Location: Ireland
    If you don't want to give them your credit card info, you can always use PayPal, or a disposable debit card number.

    Though, yes, the fake Thai accounts thing is not good, you should have created a new account when you saw the email was already in use, or contacted Epic about it.

  19. #69
    Member
    Registered: Jan 2001
    Location: the Sheeple Pen
    Wasn't the Steam store hacked a few years ago and a lot of credit card details got into wrong hands? I haven't trusted Steam with my credit card details ever since, and I can't see why I even should as long as PayPal is an option.

  20. #70
    Member
    Registered: May 2004
    Quote Originally Posted by twisty View Post
    An inferior mimicry!
    That's happened a few times, and I always sort of feel like it's my fault.

    Back to more serious matters: I had a credit card I had only used at the Epic Games Store* -- and only used once -- get compromised. It suddenly had a bunch of Amazon Prime orders on it one day. Thankfully, the credit card company immediately shut it down, refunded me the charges and sent me a new card, but I'm obviously skeptical about spending any money over there. All these stories about accounts being taken over by people in distant countries also makes me wary.

    * Technically I used it a long time ago, but I haven't used it for anything else in, gosh, over a decade, and I only keep it open for the bonus to credit rating you get for having a long solid history with a credit source. (It's also nice to keep around as an emergency card I can use if I have some sudden huge expenses.) I deliberately used this card to buy Ashen because I felt a little wary making a purchase there and I wanted to use a card number I could isolate from any of my other spending. Ashen has been my only purchase there.

    I'm also suspiciously popular there. With this account I dabbled in the UT alpha a couple years ago, then I dabbled in Fortnite last summer to see what all the fuss was about, then I bought and played Ashen around xmas. I've also collected some of the freebies on offer at the store. I made no "friends" and really didn't play much of Fortnite. Yet when I logged in last month for the first time in a couple of months, I had over 500 friend invites. (I've since set my account to auto-decline all friend requests.)

    Despite all that, I'm not as anti-Epic as it seems many people have become lately. I don't think they're at all nefarious and I think it'd be great for someone to pressure Steam to get better and give developers a more fair cut.

    But I really don't think as a company and a service Epic is anywhere near ready for prime time, ready for the responsibility and complexity of running a trustworthy Steam competitor. It appears pretty evident they're growing too aggressively.

  21. #71
    Southquarter.com/fms
    Registered: Apr 2000
    Location: The Akkala Highlands
    After buying Ashen and saving my credit card info in my profile, I read the end of this thread. Needless to say I immediately went back and deleted all my CC info. Hopefully that's good enough. It seems like keeping your customers info private shouldn't be that hard, I'm a bit surprised this has become such an issue. At least most credit card purchases are typically protected by your bank.

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