Unlike its primary competitor, Steam, Epic Games’ new storefront aims to have a reasonable level of product gatekeeping.

While the store is certainly doing well in terms of sales, its library is still growing. With a competitor as large as Steam, whether Epic would focus on quality or quantity was previously an unknown. Now, we know, and thankfully they’ve chosen quality.

In an interview with PC Gamer, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney stated that those who license the engine and those who curate the store abide by different policies.

“The side of Epic that makes creative tools like the Unreal Engine available to everybody says that you can use our tools for creating anything that’s legal, and we have no creative say in it—we can’t veto, whether we find it controversial or tasteful or not,” Sweeney told the site. “That applies to the Unreal Engine, because we see it like Microsoft Word. How insane would it be if Microsoft Word’s EULA said ‘you can’t write this set of ideas in our word processing software?'”

When it comes to the content available on the Epic Store, however, is where things differ. With the store comes quality control, Epic-led gatekeeping that will stop shovelware and inappropriate games from launching on their service.

“We’ll have a quality standard that doesn’t accept crappy games,” Sweeney told PC Gamer. “We’ll accept reasonably good quality games, of any scale, whether small indie games to huge AAA games. We’ll take everything up to, like, an R-rated movie or an M-rated game. A GTA game would be fine to us, but Epic’s not going to distribute porn games or bloatware.

Nothing like this on the Epic Games Store! Yes, that is a censor bar. Yes, I put that there.

“The PC’s an open platform and if we don’t distribute it in our store you can still reach consumers directly.”

It’s clear that Steam’s recent approach to open the flood gates is divisive. Over the years its become a hive of porn games, shovelware and asset flips. There are offensive games and child-friendly games. In fact, the image we used for our banner is a game from Steam!

It has been obvious for years that Valve needs to clean up Steam, but they refuse to do it. However, if the Epic Store is going to be a clean, shovelware-free alternative, I can get used to that.

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