Epic Games Store is still a relatively new distribution platform, but it’s already looking beyond PC. Epic Games is setting its sights on the vast mobile market.
“We’d like to bring the [Epic Games] Store to iOS in the future, and we will bring it to Android,” Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in an interview. “We think it’s a good way to help the industry [move] forward and it’s another way where Epic as a game developer had built up this audience around Fortnite and learned how to operate a distribution platform on PC and Android.”
“Now, as we’ve done with many things from the Unreal Engine to the Epic Online services, we open it up to all other developers to use with their games and are trying to serve the industry and provide a really interesting alternative to the ecosystem,” Sweeney added.
What exactly will this look like? That’s not evident from the interview. Are they talking about a companion app, a new way to buy games that you can then play on your PC, or possibly an app that will let you stream games to your phone from your PC?
Any way you look at it, though, it’s yet more evidence of Epic’s aggressive play for the hearts and minds (and wallets) of gamers. This is a company that is literally giving away free games every week. As I’ve argued before, they are trying to buy goodwill. And it may pay off.
We’ll keep you posted as we learn more!