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Ubisoft goes Steam-less, embraces Epic Games Store for The Division 2

10 January, 2019, 23:47 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • The Division 2 is choosing to launch on Epic Store instead of Steam

The Epic Games Store's relatively new effort to take on Valve's Steam juggernaut received a major shot in the arm today. It seems that's already happening as Ubisoft is launching The Division 2 on the Epic Games Store, but not on Steam. Pre-orders for the game are now live on the Epic Games Store. If The Division 2 hypothetically drove $50 million in revenue on Steam - the highest sales tier that's most favorable to the developer - Ubisoft would still have to give 20 percent to Valve.

We don't know whether this is timed-exclusive deal, similarly to what we've seen with other games lately, and whether The Division 2 will find its way on Steam post-launch. In an unprecedented move on Ubisoft's part, the mega-publisher/developer announced that the PC version of the third-person RPG/shooter will only be available on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. (The Division 2 is one of relatively few games that could easily reach this threshold; the original Division broke all sorts of sales records.) That's $10 million to Valve for distribution.


In fact, Ubisoft continuously released new content for the game over the course of three years, building a powerful and eager community. Ubisoft joins Supergiant Games in moving their PC releases to the Epic Games Store rather than Steam. They will reveal more details later this year. The difference in revenue split, with Epic Games offering 88 percent of the profits over Steam's 70 percent probably sealed the deal. Additionally, Ubisoft says it is working with Epic to integrate its Uplay digital rights management software with Epic's online services.

"We entrust Epic to deliver a smooth journey for our fans, from pre-ordering the game and enjoying our Beta to the launch of Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on March 15, ”" Ubisoft Vice President of Partnerships Chris Early said in a statement. Ubisoft fully supports Epic and their third-party distribution model, which is in the long-term, beneficial for publishers both large and indie and the video games industry.

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