Epic Games, the video game developer behind Fortnite, has partnered with blockchain game distribution platform The Abyss, industry website Cointelegraph has reported.
According to a May 23 press release, the partnership will allow developers who have their games on The Abyss to access Epic Games’ game development engine, Unreal 4, at more generous business terms. A spokesman for Epic Games told Cointelegraph:
“The program is aimed at attracting more gaming studios and titles to The Abyss platform, as well as supporting Unreal Engine developers in cryptocurrency adoption. More specifically, they will be able to accept ABYSS tokens both for game and in-game purchases in legal and easy-to-use way.”
The Abyss said in a blog post that developers on the platform would also have access to the Unreal Developer Network (UDN), free maintenance and technical support. The platform will also provide “marketing support for new UE4-based games, helping devs to attract early adopters, while already released games will be offered extra traffic”.
“We are launching this powerful program to deliver a number of services and tools that will help and inspire UE4 developers to produce even more high-quality games. We strongly believe our model is the future of gaming and digital distribution and we’re delighted to welcome new Unreal Engine benefits to our platform,” the founder of The Abyss, Konstantin Boyko-Romanovsky, commented on the partnership.
The Abyss platform was launched earlier this year following an initial coin offering (ICO). With a small number of games available on its platform, the company still has a long way to go to become one of the major players in the digital game distribution space.
Meanwhile, Epic Games has been aggressively pushing its own online game store, which launched in December. Following the success of Fortnite, Epic has managed to secure a number of exclusive offerings, as part of its strategy to challenge Valve’s Steam, the leading game distribution platform on the PC.
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