Epic Games Store poaches Ubisoft's The Division 2 from Steam

The PC Version of The Division 2 Will be Bypassing Steam

Of course, this means that the developer can take advantage of the Epic Games Store's perks, including its low 12% fee and Support-A-Creator programs, which allows streamers and content creators to get a profit from streaming the game. On Wednesday, Epic announced that it would be partnering with Ubisoft to bring The Division 2 to the Epic Games store on PC. The only way to get the game digitally on PC is either through the Ubisoft Store or the Epic Games store.

The Ubisoft-Epic partnership is also notable because it's a direct blow to Valve's Steam marketplace, which has always been the dominant storefront in the PC gaming space.

Following The Division 2, Ubisoft says it will also sell "select additional titles" on the Epic Games Store throughout the year.

The online action-RPG sequel comes out on March 15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

We'll be interested to see if other publishers and developers choose to launch their PC titles on the Epic Games Store over Steam in the future.

While Ubisoft didn't go into further detail on its reasoning for eschewing Steam in this case, Epic's more generous revenue-sharing scheme likely played an outsized role. Ubisoft and Epic say they're now working to integrate key components of Ubisoft's Uplay ecosystem and Epic's online services to give players more seamless social features. They will reveal more details later this year.

And thus the Epic Games store was born, but save for one notable exclusive, it seemed as though Epic would have a long and treacherous road to hoe to establish itself. It also offers developers a generous 88% cut of revenues. "Epic continues to disrupt the video game industry, and their third party digital distribution model is the latest example, and something Ubisoft wants to support". Ubisoft claimed that it has signed a new deal with Epic Games, something that could prevent the French company from releasing its title simultaneously on both Steam and Epic's store.

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