We are here with some admittedly strange, but overall good news. As of today, the app for the itch.io independent storefront can be downloaded directly from the Epic Games Store. This is an unusual move, given that the two storefronts are technically competing. Each store offers indie games for download and play, although itch.io is more exclusive on that front. However, this is a bold step for itch.io and beneficial for countless independent developers.
The itch.io app is available on the Epic Games Store in its free section. It fits perfectly alongside the other apps that Epic has added to its service. Spotify, iHeart, and itch.io are certainly interesting bed companions. However, downloading the app is pretty much the same as before. After adding it to your Epic Games Store library, the installation opens the app separately. It installs on your PC and getting started is as easy as creating a username and browsing the library of thousands of indie games.
With the app separate from the Epic Games Store, sales will not be affected. Typically, Epic takes a small slice of the pie whenever a game is sold in its storefront. However, no percentage of sales on the itch.io app will go to Epic.
Why is itch.io on the Epic Games Store important?
Having a separate storefront as an app might seem unusual, but it’s actually a big deal. Itch.io is a hotbed for indie game developers, from the novice to the more experienced. Even though the Epic Games Store is already home to many indie games, itch.io is a place of experimentation and unusual ideas that may or may not take off. Where else are you going to try FORNITE: NES Edition by Mike Tyson, or games that can be played on a Game Boy Advance? Itchi.io allows creators to download, set their own price, and create pages. And now their work can be exposed to millions of potential users on the EGS.
You can check out the itch.io app on the Epic Games Store from today.