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Asset flips found on Epic Games Store, despite apparent curation

Published: 10:07, 29 December 2021
Street Striker
Street Striker

Epic Games Store was supposed to be a curated marketplace but it looks like the company couldn't keep up with it as lazy asset flips found their way to the digital shelves.

Asset flipping is a rather unsavoury practice and often gets called out due to "developers" not actually doing much of any development. They merely acquire assets found on engine stores and then start selling them on crowded storefronts like Steam where it's impossible to immediately moderate everything that gets listed.

Epic Games Store came with a different promise though.

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. ~ Tim Sweeney, Epic Games founder and CEO

The quote above, from a 2019 interview with PC Gamer , goes counter to what was added to EGS in December of 2021. 

Deadly Flight was released on December 24, 2021, and Street Striker on December 9. Both are Unity store asset flips . It is currently unclear how these two got past EGS' curation process but eventually, they did.

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It might be worth noting that we've already seen Street Striker in 2020, when it was called Super Fight and was up for sale at $200 a pop . We're not kidding.

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