Epic received a lot of hate for making their own store and launcher. The complaint from gamers comes from the fact that there are already too many launchers and clients, as well as too many login credentials to remember.
As if the feedback from the community was not enough, Epic decided to make another move that will cause an even bigger outbreak of hate. Epic announced the acquisition of Rocket League developer Psyonix. While the deal itself has not been finalized, the community already manifested their outrage.
The vast majority of Rocket League players come from Steam. As the Epic Games Store is considered direct competition to Steam, multiple online news outlets spread rumors that the game will be removed from Steam and offered online via the Epic client. The internet refused to remain silent and Epic started getting even more negative attention.
In an effort to remove any kind of unfounded rumors, Epic announced that there are currently no plans to remove the game from Steam. The announcement was made over Twitter. Epic also confirmed that they will continue to sell the game over Steam. To be noted that the deal is not yet finalized. The transaction should be closed by the end of May or early June. Also, the game is expected to be available on the Epic Store, but it is not yet confirmed if there will be cross-platform support and matchmaking once the acquisition is finalized.
Psyonix had a recent Q&A on the Rocket League website and addressed some of the questions from the players and the community in general. According to Psyonix, the game will not change and will continue to offer support for the players. The acquisition enables them access to new resources for esports events and a wider reach to an even bigger audience outside of Steam. Psyonix has collaborated with Epic in the past on Gears of War as well as Unreal Tournament. After the acquisition is finalized, the developer will remain in its San Diego studio where it currently has 132 employees.
The continuous discontent towards Epic comes after the community found their client to be mining Steam data and sending it back to Epic. Things got worse as multiple users reported issues with the Epic refund policy which appears to have some issues and not refunding the full amount paid in some cases. Epic still struggles today as players report poor customer support and many other issues that cause the company to gain unwanted attention from the community.
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