- Apr 16, 2009
lol am I missing sarcasm in there? I have to be, right?What would've been good for the industry is if Epic had formed new studios to work on new IPs instead of this moneyhat marathon. They ought to take lessons from Nintendo/Sony on creating value for their platform.
Because they're doing EXACTLY what Sony, Nintendo and to a lesser extent MS have been doing. Securing exclusivity aka 'creating value' for their platform and forgoing competition. Sony buys out already formed studios, creates them and/or funds projects for exclusivity.
Epic is buying out studios/publishers for year long exclusivity deals. Microsoft did this with Rise of The Tomb Raider. Nothing is stopping Epic from approaching the same studios in future for similar deals. Difference is, first party studios have been money-hatted for life by Sony while the developers want to remain autonomous in these EGS deals. Though I'm sure Fortnite money does give Epic the power to outright buy studios and some studios might even see value in that if the funding is generous. Again, similar principles as Sony buying studios. But I think it makes little sense for Epic to form new studios for a digital distribution platform.
Essentially Epic is bringing the same "console wars" definition of competition to the PC.