Epic Games welcomes blockchain games after Valve bans them from Steam

Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Epic Games, stated that games utilizing blockchain tech are welcome on The Epic Games store, The Verge  reported Friday

This news from Fortnite’s  developer comes mere hours after Valve  banned and delisted any games using  NFTs, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technologies from Steam. Likely because The Epic Games Store is Steam’s largest direct competitor for selling PC games and software. 

Epic told The Verge  that the company is willing to work with developers that support cryptocurrency and blockchain-based assets on The Epic Games Store. Right after the story went live, Sweeny commented on the situation. 

“Epic Games Store will welcome games that make use of blockchain tech provided they follow the relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group,” Sweeny said on Twitter. “Though Epic’s not using crypto in our games, we welcome innovation in the areas of technology and finance.”

Sweeny continued: “As a technology, the blockchain is just a distributed transactional database with a decentralized business model that incentivizes investment in hardware to expand the database’s capacity. This has utility whether or not a particular use of it succeeds or fails.”

Valve is not the only company Epic Games has gone toe-to-toe with recently. Last month, Apple blacklisted Fornite  from its devices  in response to the ongoing legal battle between both companies. 

Written by Kyle Campbell on behalf of GLHF