Epic Games Announces Store Launch, 88% Revenue Share with Developers

Epic Games announced Tuesday the launch of their new online store, which will have an 88 to 12 percent split for developers.

A date for the store opening has not been released, but a statement from Epic said it will launch soon and will include, “a hand-curated set of games on PC and Mac and will open up more broadly to additional games and other open platforms throughout 2019.”

Games developed with any game engine are allowed in the store, but the first releases include Unreal, Unity and others.

Epic has stated they will not take a profit from any of the games made with Unreal Engine.

“As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney, said. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.”

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Tech’s ‘Dirty Secret’: App Developers Scan Your Gmail

Software developers scan hundreds of millions of emails of users who sign up for email-based services. Disclosures are often buried in user agreements.
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Apple Software, Bit by Bugs, Is a Focus at Developers Conference

Executives at Apple Inc.’s annual developers conference Monday have to not only wow the audience with new features but also shore up confidence that Apple can deliver quality software.
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Everything we expect from Apple's huge developers conference

Everything we expect from Apple's huge developers conferenceApple's Worldwide Developers Conference kicks off Monday and here's what you can expect.



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Live updates from Apple's developers conference

Live updates from Apple's developers conferenceWe're live blogging all the news from Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.



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All the news we expect from Apple's huge developers conferenceApple CEO Tim Cook will be on hand for the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference on June 5. Apple is known for using WWDC to showcase its newest software updates. Apple should also announce improvements to its watchOS and tvOS systems, and could even roll out its very own Siri speaker to compete with the likes of Amazon’s (AMZN) Echo and Google’s (GOOGL, GOOG) Home.



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Tomb Raider, Deus Ex Developers Making an Avengers Game

Square Enix and Marvel have announced a “multi-game partnership”, starting with an Avengers game made by Tomb Raider developer, Crystal Dynamics and Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal due for release in 2018.

Announced first on Twitter, there are few details so far, other than the cryptic use of the word “Reassemble” in the trailer and hashtags. The current title appears to be “The Avengers project”, but that is almost certainly a working title.

The trailer’s YouTube description sheds slightly more light on the game, and the partnership between Square and Marvel:

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Scalebound Cancellation: Developers Comment on the Situation

Executives from PlatinumGames, developer on the now-cancelled Xbox exclusive, Scalebound, have released statements about the surprise announcement.

On Platinum’s website, company president Kenichi Sato said:

“We are very disappointed things ended up this way, especially since we know many of our fans were looking forward to this game as much as we were.

“Going forward, we will strive to continue delivering high-quality games to you, starting with NieR:Automata in March, and including products like GRANBLUE FANTASY Project Re:Link and LOST ORDER in the future.

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Grid Computing for Developers

Grid Computing for Developers


Many industry analysts believe that grid computing will be the next big technology wave. It is so promising that major technology companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, and Sun are allocating significant resources for grid research and development. Grid Computing for Developers explores the evolution of grid computing from the early distributed computing paradigm to the modern grid environments. Most of today?s grid environments will be examined including OGSA, Resource Managers, and MPI. The book also explores today?s de-facto standards for grid computing including a comprehensive guide to the Globus Toolkit for developers covering installation, system administration, development guides for grid services, open grid services architectures for OGSI and OGSA-DAI, commodity grid kits for Java, Perl, and OGSA-C, and performance evaluation tests. A significant amount of source code samples accompany each chapter. Grid Computing for Developers is an ideal resource for computer scientists and researchers, graduate students, and IT professionals looking to further expand their grid computing skills.

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Side Stories: Short Fiction by Game Developers

Side Stories: Short Fiction by Game Developers


Side Stories” is an anthology of short stories by game developers. Authors come from both digital and analog game development, computer games to paper games. Contributors include Greg Costikyan (veteran game designer of “Paranoia” and “Star Wars: The Role-Playing Game”), Christopher Mitchell (WGA award nominee for game writing, “Deathspank”, “Simpsons Hit and Run”), and Rees Savidis (writer and award winning filmmaker, “SSX”, “Driver: San Francisco”), and others.A share of proceeds will be donated to the Child’s Play charity. Included stories:”Sheepdog” by Bren LynneAn armed student defends his classroom from a shooter.”Spaceship and Bicycle” by Greg CostikyanAsteroid prospectors undertake innovative repairs after their spaceship is crippled.”Fizzy Piss Grape Shit” by Rees SavidisThe end of the world, from the other perspective.”And The Heart Goes Tick Tick Tick” by Chris DahlenA matchmaker finds adventure and romance when and where she least expects it.”Buried Legends” by David DubordUnearthing buried treasure releases unexpected riches.”Paper Cuts” by Peter WalshA software developer has problems after he reveals the weaknesses in government surveillance systems.”Cultists” by Christopher MitchellMembers of an apocalypse cult, frustrated with the lack of results, take matters into their own hands.”Lucky Malloy and the Cuban Zombie Crisis” by Jason DozoisA washed-up football player turned zombie hunter faces trouble when his cat becomes a zombie boss monster.”The Christmas Trolls” by Andrew LaingA game developer stands trial for creating a game that turns users into Trolls.

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