Earnings report shows Epic Games paid $10.5 million to secure Control as a PC exclusive

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    In recent months, Epic Games has attempted to bring attention to their Epic Games Store by obtaining high-profile games as timed exclusives to their platform. Publishers of titles like Metro Exodus, Borderlands 3, Shenmue III, Detroit: Become Human, and many, many more, agreed to six-to-twelve-month-long contracts with Epic, ensuring that their games would launch first on the EGS. Securing games would obviously cost Epic some amount of money, and considering their success with Fortnite, it's clear that the company has copious amounts of cash to throw around, but the finer details as to just how much Epic was spending has never been officially divulged.

    But, thanks to a newly published earnings report, we might have some insight into the lengths Epic is willing to go to, to bolster the exclusive content for their storefront. Digital Bros, the Italian parent company of 505 Games, and publisher of the recent Remedy-developed Control, disclosed in the report that Epic had paid them 9.49 million Euros for timed exclusivity rights to Control. The payment took place back in June, prior to the August 27th release date of the game. Considering that it was officially stated by Remedy that their budget for Control was in the ballpark of 20-30 million Euros, this is a significant amount of money paid for the game.

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  1. Darksabre72

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    damn that's a lot of dough
     
  2. zoogie

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    More like a lot of "Doh!"

    The game is a flop.
     
  3. Xzi

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    Maybe if they invested even a tenth of that amount into their storefront, it wouldn't be so shitty that their fanbase has to compare it to Steam circa 2003.
     
  4. SkittleDash

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    I do not feel guilty pirating games that Epic claim for exclusivity. Pirate it... Place it in Steam as a non-steam game. Perfect. They'll get their money when it hits the Steam store.

    Unless the game turns out to be trash.
     
  5. Lazyboss

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    They kept it under "Control"
    :P

    No? Okay
     
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  6. SexySpai

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    your mom lol
    bruh moment
     
  7. DANTENDO

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    One of the best games in 2019 buy it now
     
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  8. Sonic Angel Knight

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    So is that epic store still only allowing you to buy one game at a time? :creep:
     
  9. Paolosworld

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    FTFY
     
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  10. DANTENDO

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    I don't pirate I pay for quality and I suggest you do the same
     
  11. Paolosworld

    Paolosworld Dionicio3's best friend

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    Epic games launcher doesn't have much quality aside from exclusivity, or at least as of now anyways.
     
  12. DANTENDO

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    Get a ps4 then simple
     
  13. simbin

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    With the kind of money they're throwing around, they'd be better off paying users.
     
  14. supersaiyandoyle

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    Money well spent, I've never even heard someone say something good about it.
     
  15. sks316

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    I've never even heard of this game until just now. They must be putting that Fortnite money to good use.
     
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  16. Voyambar

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    Well...Epic going out of business within the next year or two is inevitable with this kind of crazy spending
     
  17. osaka35

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    that's...a lot. why, though? was solely for limited exclusivity? Not that plus other things like any future release?
     
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  18. raxadian

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    Compared to what Candy Crush Saga used to make month by month a few years ago? Not really.
     
  19. Foxi4

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    Control looks excellent, to be perfectly honest - it's as if Alan Wake and The X Files had a baby, which I'm more than okay with. As for the exclusivity deal, I also don't have a problem with it - developers need to secure funding for their games by any means necessary and PC gamers need to get over the childish notion that if a game isn't on Steam then it doesn't exist. A lot of the hate directed at Epic is unwarranted - yes, their launcher is trash and they're effectively a front for Tencent. So what? I really struggle to care, playing good video games is a bigger priority to me than cloud saves.
     
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