Epic Games is a company that is not exactly strapped for cash at the moment. In fact, it was recently reported that Epic has made over $1 Billion from the mobile version of Fortnite alone. The Epic Games store has also seen success as a challenger to Steam in distributing PC games since its launch in late 2018. Part of this success has been due to their ability to offer great deals to fans (such as giving away Grand Theft Auto V for free) because of the revenue that they have already made off of their own games.
A new policy appears to go even further above the call of duty, as Epic is now issuing partial refunds when a game you purchase goes on sale just after you buy it. This news comes from Joshua Boggs, Director at Studio MayDay, who tweeted out an email that he got from Epic for a partial refund of his purchase.
Whoa whoa what?! I’ve clearly been around for too long because I find this refund for a discount I missed on the @EpicGames store absolutely mind blowingly generous. This is incredible? pic.twitter.com/eHfcus5E0K
— Joshua Boggs (@jboggsie) May 15, 2020
Everyone knows how awful it can be to pay full price for a game, only to see it drop in price a few hours or days later, but no one would expect the marketplace to refund you what you could have saved. It seems that Epic is doing just that, however; it isn’t specified if the refund is the whole cost of the discount or just a fraction, but getting any money back is always welcome and unexpected.
Epic has been setting very generous examples as of late, including not charging royalties on games built on the Unreal Engine until they hit $1 million in revenue, as opposed to the previous $3,000 threshold. They may only be able to do these things because of how much money they already have, but policies like this are certainly bound to attract more gamers and developers alike to use their platform.