Epic's Tim Sweeney has been taking to Twitter with a few surprising comments yesterday, specifically wit the claim that Epic would stop making their games exclusive to their own store if Valve make the revenue split for Steam sales fairer.
While Epic's titles being exclusive to their store is not something all gamers are overly thrilled about, especially when Metro Exodus was pulled at the last minute, Sweeney argues that having a 30% cut go to the store is a huge problem.
30% store dominance is a #1 problem for PC developers, publishers, and everyone who relies on those businesses for their livelihood.
If Steam committed to a permanent 88% revenue share for all developers and publishers without major strings attached, Epic would hastily organize a retreat from exclusives (while honoring our partner commitments) and consider putting our own games on Steam.— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) 25 April 2019
It appears to be the primary motivation behind Epic's heavy switch to exclusives on their own store, and Sweeney even admitted if they switched fron a 80% to 88% share for all developers and publishers, they'd immediately retreat from their exclusives strategy.
Don't expect much movement from Valve, though. It's certainly a game of finger pointing that they're unlikely to respond to, and Steam's revenue share is clearly working for them right now, as they're seeing huge financial success.
Sweeney also wants to see Steam games use any online system, and be more of a store rather than a mandatory vertical platform.