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Ubisoft goes Steam-less, embraces Epic Games Store for The Division 2

Ubisoft goes Steam-less, embraces Epic Games Store for The Division 2

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. It seems that's already happening as Ubisoft is launching The Division 2 on the Epic Games Store, but not on Steam. We logged into our Epic Games Store account and were able to verify that this is indeed the case, although we're unsure if users would be able to change their location or spoof it using a VPN just to get a better deal, it's something that's still possible on GOG. If The Division 2 hypothetically drove $50 million in revenue on Steam - the highest sales tier that's most favorable to the developer - Ubisoft would still have to give 20 percent to Valve.

The deal is not quite exclusive: The Division 2 will be available from Ubisoft's own store at launch, but it won't be hitting Valve's Steam. According to Ubisoft representatives, "We have no plans now on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam". As Black Ops 4 moved over the Battle.Net alongside Destiny 2, it has been proven that PC gamers are willing to buy games outside of Valve's network.

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"Ubisoft has no plans on releasing the Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam", the company said in an email to PC World. As for why Ubisoft would dump Steam? In addition, the publisher revealed they will "also partner on additional select titles to be announced during the coming year". But The Division 2 is likely a big enough exclusive to convince many players to take a look at a service they might otherwise ignore. It also offers developers a generous 88% cut of revenues.

Ubisoft titles previously released on Steam, including the first Division game, will remain on the service for now. "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".