The Ooblets controversy on the Epic Games Store, explained

After a few years in early access, Ooblets is now available on a few different platforms. When it comes to PC, you can only get it through the Epic Games Store. That may still irk some people, especially when they remember the drama that surrounded the game when the announcement was made. So how come a game about cute little wobbly creatures can evoke such anger from certain players? We can explain.

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Why is there a controversy on the Ooblets Epic Games Store?

It all boils down to the ongoing PC game sales competition between Epic Games Store and Steam. For many years, Steam the place to buy your digital pc games; there was simply no viable competition. That changed in December 2018 when the Epic Games Store launched. Epic’s plan to capture a piece of the PC market had two components: free game offers (which continue to this day) and exclusive offers. The latter irked a lot of people at the time – in their eyes, Epic was waving money at developers’ faces to get their games to the store instead.

For many, this meant the end of their Steam loyalty. If you check your Steam purchase history, you can probably check this yourself. Others took offense every time a game was shipped from Steam to Epic, and that’s exactly what Ooblets did. The 2019 blog post announcing the move rubbed a lot of people the wrong way, especially with the flippant wording it used. Several years have passed since then, and although developer Glumberland explained its business decision to switch stores at the time, the sourness lingers for some would-be Ooblets players.

What platforms is Ooblets on anyway?

Ooblets is out now and of course you can get it on the Epic Games Store. You can also wishlist it on Steam, but anyone waiting for this release will be waiting a while. For consoles, the game is available on Nintendo Switch and Xbox. The latter irks some a bit, though: Ooblets isn’t part of Game Pass, although it was included in the Xbox Preview program during its early access period. The Ooblets controversy on the Epic Games Store, explained

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