We can still see Microsoft reduce the cut of Xbox digital sales.
On Thursday, Microsoft announced a major change for PC games sold in the Windows Store. Beginning Aug. 1, Microsoft will only take a 12% cut from PC game sales in its store, a drop from 30%, leaving 88% for developers.
The 88/12 split is that which has been gaining more and more strength in the industry recently, with many developers now openly calling the 30% cut unfair. Of course, Epic Games fired the first shot when it made 88/12 the focus of its decision to launch its own PC store. 70/30 remains the standard, however, along with digital stores for both Xbox and PlayStation.
However, Microsoft's move may suddenly appear, but it's actually a company contemplating moment.
Court documents [PDF] exposed in Epic Games vs. Apple’s trial (via The Verge) revealed that Microsoft actually intended its revenue sharing to match Epic across PC and Xbox. The plan is to introduce the same reduction to 88/12 in calendar year 2021.
Upon reaching the comment, Microsoft told The Verge, "We will not be able to update the revenue share for console publishers, "which either indicates that the Xbox launch has been delayed, or that full reconsideration.
Interestingly, a specific stipulation placed by Microsoft for the PC business is that developers will only get the 88/12 revenue sharing model "in exchange for granting streaming rights to Microsoft," which allowed the company to expand its library of streamable xCloud games.
Microsoft did not disclose this clause in its announcement last week, and would not say whether it would remain in the final agreement.
The rest of the document – which has mostly been redacted – also shows a period of exclsuvity for a number of third -party games associated with the Xbox. STALKER 2 is exclusive for three months, while Tetris Effect: The Connected is exclusive to six. Gunk, on the other hand, is "exclusively for life."
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