Epic Games Store Welcomes More Apps Including Another Games Store

Things get a bit recursive here. Epic Games today announced the addition of several PC apps, including the Itch.io gaming platform, to the Epic Games Store.

Itch.io is best known for its indie titles, many of which are free or very inexpensive, but it also hosts “game jams” that encourage developers to create something according to the parameters set by the event organizers.

Bringing the platform to the Epic Games Store essentially means that a market that is primarily games-focused will have another market that is primarily games-focused. Hopefully someone gets further down the rabbit hole at some point.

Itch.io isn’t the only program heading to the Epic Games Store. The market has also expanded to include the iHeartRadio client, the Krita paint app, the Brave browser, and the KenShape model generator as part of this push outside of games.

Epic Games has stated that the social platforms Houseparty (which it owns) and Discord will also be added to the Epic Games Store “in the future”. These additions don’t appear to be included in the store’s public roadmap, but that could change.

The company also indicated that games and apps won’t necessarily be confined to their own silos by announcing that “Fortnite crew members will receive three free months of Spotify service” if they don’t have a subscription yet. Premium. Spotify is another Windows app already available on Epic.

For anyone not in the know: Fortnite Crew is a subscription that offers access to each season’s battle pass, additional V-Bucks, and other perks in exchange for $ 11.99 per month. Now these benefits seem to extend beyond Fortnite.

All of these additions make it clear that Epic Games didn’t just want to compete with Valve and GOG when it released the Epic Games launcher. It’s actually about building your own newly launched app store with a focus on games.

This could give further context to the dispute between the company and Apple over the distribution of apps to iOS and iPadOS devices.

For now, however, it looks like Epic Games isn’t just offering an alternative games marketplace for Windows 10 users. There is still a long way to go before apps become an essential part of the game. the Epic Games Store, but it’s a start.