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Epic Excluding Steam?!

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In this episode of "Virtual Legality", attorney Richard Hoeg of The Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law), discusses the surprise launch of the Epic Game Store, the Fortnite studio's aggressive move to strip Steam of exclusives, and Infinity Blade's sudden removal from Apple's ios App Store.

Why are developers suddenly leaving Steam?

Why couldn't they say anything before last Friday?

And why might Epic need to do even more?


Discussion focuses on:

"The Epic Games store is now live"
(https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/news/the-epic-games-store-is-now-live)

"Epic's Game Store Is Already Locking Down Exclusives"
Kotaku, December 10, 2018
(https://kotaku.com/epics-game-store-is-already-locking-down-exclusives-1830997999)

"Super Meat Boy Forever release window set, will be Epic Store exclusive for a year"
PC Gamer, December 9, 2018
(https://www.pcgamer.com/super-meat-boy-forever-release-window-set-will-be-epic-store-exclusive-for-1-year/)

"Some Epic Store games are pushing back or scrapping Steam releases"
PC Gamer, December 8, 2018
(https://www.pcgamer.com/some-epic-store-games-are-pushing-back-or-scrapping-steam-releases/)

"Fortnite Studio Removes All Infinity Blade Games From App Store"
Gamespot, December 10, 2018
(https://www.gamespot.com/articles/fortnite-studio-removes-all-infinity-blade-games-f/1100-6463816/)

"Fortnite Swords Are Coming Soon"
Gamespot, December 10, 2018
(https://www.gamespot.com/articles/fortnite-swords-are-coming-soon/1100-6463798/)

BONUS

Epic Games Store discussion on GameDaily.biz's BizCast!
(https://gamedaily.biz/article/444/gamedaily-bizcast-epic-games-store-gives-the-industry-a-solid-right-hook)


Any and all feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you think!

DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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