Epic told The Verge that the company will be open to crypto or blockchain-powered games on its game store, unlike competitor Valve, which has banned games with blockchain or NFT technology from Steam. When asked about allowing games with NFTs, Epic said there would be some restrictions, but would be open to working with developers.
Epic will allow games with blockchain technology or NFT
Epic says that games will have to comply with financial laws, clarify how blockchain is used, and have an appropriate age rating. Besides that developers won’t be able to use Epic’s payment service to accept cryptocurrencies, but they will have to use their own payment system.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has said that the company has no interest in being involved with NFT, but that statement now seems to only apply to Epic games. The company will clarify the rules for working with developers to understand how they plan to use blockchain technology in their games. Sweeney also said Epic welcomes ‘innovation in the areas of technology and finance’ and suggests that blockchain is inherently neither good nor bad.
The above statements do not mean that developers who have just been banned by Steam can access and publish their games on the Epic Game Store. Currently, Epic’s self-publishing program is in closed beta, and Epic’s FAQ says they will choose who can participate on a case-by-case basis. But anyway Epic’s point of view shows that they are not as strict as other platforms.
Allowing games that Steam has banned is another way Epic can compete with Valve. Epic has shown that it is willing to bet big when trying to turn its store into the premier space for PC games, in addition to attracting some gamers or developers to their side.