In another bold move, CEO of Gearbox Randy Pitchford now goes on a Twitter rant about how Epic exclusivity is good for the PC gaming industry. The rant got particularly heated when he told fans to bitch and moan all they want regarding how Borderlands 3 is an Epic exclusive.
This was all to do with his response to one of the many fans that were unhappy with the Epic exclusivity scenario. You can find the whole thread here:
From a track record point of view, my expectation is that Epic’s investment in technology will outpace Valve’s substantially. When we look back at Steam in five or ten years, it may look like a dying store and other, competitive stores, will be the place to be.
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) April 13, 2019
It’s hard to tell how much of this is genuine because you know that there was a fat paycheck behind this exclusivity. While I do agree with his point about the PC game stores needing competition and not a monopoly, Epic Games exclusivity deals aren’t the way to do it.
If Epic wants to compete, it should do so by actually being a better store for consumers. As it is right now, the store is the absolute worst for the consumer market. It lacks basic features that many PC games store offer, especially Steam.
If you won’t take my word for it, take Epic CEO Tim Sweeney’s word for it. He himself has stated that the store is emphasizing the support of developers over consumers for their success.
Pitchford may be right about the Epic Store being best for the developers since it completely caters to them. It’s absolute hell for consumers though. Since the industry can’t exactly run on just the developers alone, the Epic Store isn’t exactly the future of PC gaming.
Borderlands 3 releases in September as an Epic Store exclusive on PC as well as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.