Developers will now get an 88% share of PC game sales in the Microsoft Store. Microsoft thus met with Epic Games on Steam.
Good news from Microsoft to game developers today. According to the official statement on Xbox Wire, the share of PC game sales through the Microsoft Store will increase from 70% to 88%. The new policy will take effect on August 1st.
Microsoft’s new move came as a major surprise in the PC world. As you know, the 88% developer share was one of the biggest points of Epic Games’ battle against Steam. Microsoft is now in the same spot as the Epic Games Store. Steam, which is the clear leader in the sector, continues to receive a 30% share.
“Game developers play the most important role in our goal of delivering great games to our players. We want them to find success on our platforms. A net and unconditional share of earnings will mean developers can offer more games to more players, thereby achieving much better commercial success.”
The Microsoft Store is also at the heart of the Game Pass PC service. Attracting more developers to the Microsoft Store will also mean improving the Game Pass library. For example, some games currently on the Game Pass console are not available on PC Game Pass because they are not available in the Microsoft Store.
In addition to the 88% developer share move, Microsoft is also working to make the process of adding games to the store much easier.