As someone working on my own projects in Unreal engine I was pleasantly surprised with the announcement of the epic games store as it looked to be where I would want to publish my games in the future. But some concerns have arose. For one the interface of the store is horrible, There is no search function to find a game (yes I know there aren’t many on there yet) and there is no easy list to sort types of games or by reviews (another major problem) or price or well anything for the matter. Look I’m not saying make a steam store clone but the interface as it is right now just makes me not even want to click on the store let alone sell anything on it. Then we have the lack of customer reviews. Look I know games get review bombed and things happen but taking away the community voices would be like removing reviews from amazon… people would not be happy. As someone that would like to bring a game at some point to the store (if these things get fixed) I want gamers that are verified to have bought and played the game to be able to review it for other users looking to buy it and for feedback.
I am glad the return policy was updated to be more consumer friendly and the cross-platform online services roadmap for this year looks amazing but unless some of these things are fixed I don’t see this going the distance. I say this as someone that cares very much and want’s a good place to publish games.