If the app store marketplace is considered, we’re left with only two options — Google Play Store and Apple App Store. However, Epic could soon change the scenario. Many developers and apps, including Netflix and Spotify, are also ditching Google and Apple’s commission cut.
Epic launched its own Epic Games Store in December for downloading PC games on Windows and macOS platforms. A report from The Wall Street Journal indicates that Epic will start selling games for Android devices in 2019 and it could soon launch a general app store for selling apps and games.
Apple and Google rake in 30% of revenue generated from app subscriptions and purchases whereas Epic Games Store charge only 12 percent of the revenue. Epic shocked the world by totally ditching the Google Play Store and made its popular game Fortnite available only on its Store.
Fortnite was a huge success, and its popularity could push Epic to launch its own app store, thereby ending the monopoly of Google and Apple.
Research conducted by Visible Alpha has stated that out of the total revenue generated by Alphabet (Google’s parent company) and Apple, 5% of it comes from app stores. Epic’s plans to launch its own app store could bring a paradigm shift in the way apps are downloaded presently.