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Tim Sweeney says Epic Games Store won't launch crappy games

Published: 20:45, 20 March 2019
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Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney recently discussed the selection process that will go into deciding what games end up on the Epic Games Store, and he insists they'll take steps to prevent crappy games, bloatware, asset flips, porn games and so on.

/Sweeney stressed that Epic will accept everything from indies to triple-A grade games, as long as they are of reasonable quality.

That doesn't mean that the company will resort to console-style certification, which usually requires playthroughs and therefore more time, but some level of quality control will be there, he said.

"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", Sweeney said and added that people will ultimately be the ones who make those judgement calls.

For example, a game in the vein of Grand Theft Auto is perfectly fine by Sweeney and Co, but anything that's like an R-rated movie or an M-rated game is out.

"Epic's not going to distribute porn games or bloatware or asset flips, or any sort of thing that's meant to shock players", he said and reminded that PC is an open platform and that makers of such games can reach their customers directly.

This stance shouldn't be too surprising, not least after considering that many kids play Fortnite on the same launcher. Can you imagine the sort of outrage they'd face if a porn game launched on Epic's Store?

At the same time, Epic's policy is in sharp contrast to Steam's, which can mostly be summed up in two words - anything goes. Granted, even mighty Valve had to react and remove games on a few occasions, but their quality control mechanisms are known to be pretty lax.

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Fortnite, Season 8

Epic, on the other hand, have to maintain the kid-friendly Fortnite spirit, which means stricter control, but we'll see how that goes once their catalogue has grown in size. After all, his explanation that they'll know "somehow" may not be enough then.

You can find Sweeney's full interview here .

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