To compete with Steam and Epic, Microsoft lowers its commission on the Windows Store

It is not only the commissions of the App Store and the Play Store in the news of new technologies. In the world of video games too, distributors compete on the basis of discounts. Steam, the market leader, takes 30% off developer sales (and can go down to 20% from $ 50 million in sales). To counter it, the Epic Games Store, its rival, is betting on a commission of 12%, which inevitably has charm for developers. Microsoft has decided to follow it with the Windows Store, which goes from 30% commission to 12% for games.

12% on PC, 30% on Xbox

However, this change only affects games sold on Windows. Even though Xbox consoles use the same virtual store, developers are still subject to a 30% commission on that platform. On the other hand, on Windows, highlighting the official store rather than Steam can become advantageous for publishers.

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For several months, the application stores of the giants of the Web have been in the sights of the authorities. Apple, Google and Microsoft have already lowered their commissions for apps to 15% (only for the smallest developers), the world of video games is also starting to question itself. Steam’s reaction is logically expected. Will Valve’s store, which largely dominates the market, line up?

Source: The Verge

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