Fortnite's Tim Sweeney to force Steam, Microsoft to scrap 30% fees


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Fortnite developer Epic Games recently beat Google in a lawsuit over the company’s store policies and they’re hoping other companies follow. In fact, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney called out Valve, Microsoft, and other companies, encouraging them to remove the 30% fees from their stores.

On Twitter, Sweeney brought up how they will put Fortnite on any game store that “gives all developers an awesome deal.” Sweeney then brought up how the required 30% fees is a bit ridiculous, but claims they will support any company that gives in to those demands.

“We’ll compete, and we’ll also put Fortnite on any serious store that gives all developers an awesome deal,” tweeted out Sweeney. “Steam, Microsoft, OneStore, anyone: give all developers an awesome deal and we’ll support you. The end of these ridiculous 30% fees is near.”

It’s odd seeing Sweeney claim he will support his competition if they offer fair rates, especially since Fortnite is keeping the Epic Games Store afloat. Granted, the company isn’t going bankrupt, but they still haven’t made a profit, though that Fortnite money does mean they can afford a loss here and there.

Seeing Sweeney call out Steam is interesting, since the Epic CEO said that he wouldn’t bring the battle royale to Steam Deck due to Linux. Most of us figured he was being insincere but this just goes to show that Epic doesn’t want to pay extra, especially to their competition.

Then again, the other companies might not have a choice, given just how popular Fortnite still is. Not only is the free-to-play battle royale still well-liked amongst the community, but new game modes have made the IP feel fresh again. LEGO Fortnite, Fortnite Festival, and Rocket Racing have given the live-service platform a ton of variety.

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Fortnite is available now on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Nintendo Switch, and PC. It looks like the app will eventually make its way back to Google, though Apple is an entirely different story.

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