Even before its digital social space can really take off, Meta is already seen by some VR game developers as the villain of the metaverse – thanks to skyrocketing Quest Store fees.
According to the latest reports, several VR game creators are unhappy with Meta’s 30% revenue cut for games sold through its Quest Store – the main way most gamers download new Quest 2 games (via the Financial Times (opens in a new tab)).
Although this is nothing new in the gaming world – the 30% Meta discount is about the same as other platforms like Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Steam from Valve – many are particularly upset with Meta, accusing him of being a hypocrite.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously been highly critical of App Store policies, saying its approval process gives him a “unique grip as the gatekeeper to what’s happening on phones. “.
Meta defended its cut, pointing out that unlike Android and Apple smartphones, it’s relatively easy to download apps through third-party storefronts on its headsets. One example he gave was SideQuest which just got an update so you can install a VR version of the store directly to your headset; the developers however fought back, arguing that these other stores aren’t as well-known as Meta’s Quest Store – likely in part because only Meta’s own store is installed on Quest 2 headsets by default.
These complaints follow similar issues earlier this year, when it was revealed that Meta planned to cut all sales in Horizon Worlds by almost 50%. Creators on the platform would not only have to pay their usual 30% Quest Store fee, but an additional 25% of the rest for sale through Horizon Worlds. Combined, that means people selling VR items in Horizon Worlds would only make $0.53 for every dollar sold.
Once again, Meta was accused of backtracking on previous statements he made. Back at Facebook Connect 2021, where he first publicly showcased many of his metaverse plans, Zuckerberg said the company wants its services to “cost less, not more.”
Speaking about building for digital platforms, he added, “I’ve come to believe that lack of choice and high fees stifle innovation, prevent people from building new things, and hold back the whole industry. internet economy.
Can we players do something?
As we said above, this kind of storefront practices are nothing new and despite fan efforts and legal battles, nothing has really changed – especially not on mobile platforms. But here we might have a bit more power to rule Meta and hopefully reduce the cost of VR games in the process.
Just as Meta pointed out, Quest 2 headset owners aren’t limited to just one choice when buying new VR titles. Of course, SideQuest (opens in a new tab) does not yet have all the best VR games on its platform, but by downloading this free application you will increase its user base. This in turn could help show big developers that the Quest Store alternative can also be a financially viable home for their VR projects.
SideQuest already has some great experiences available to play right now – many of which are free – so you’ll immediately have an advantage by downloading it today. And with its new native Quest beta (opens in a new tab), it’s easier than ever to browse its store and download its games. What are you waiting for?