Microsoft has just announced in a blog post written by Matt Booty, head of Xbox Game Studios, that they are reducing their cut on the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. From August 1st onwards developers will receive 88% of the revenue they make on their games. Matt Booty writes:
”Game developers are at the heart of bringing great games to our players, and we want them to find success on our platforms. That’s why today we’re announcing that we’re updating our Microsoft Store terms for PC game developers. As part of our commitment to empower every PC game creator to achieve more, starting on August 1 the developer share of Microsoft Store PC games sales net revenue will increase to 88%, from 70%. A clear, no-strings-attached revenue share means developers can bring more games to more players and find greater commercial success from doing so.”
Microsoft is also saying they are set to improve the Microsoft Store, as many users dislike the current situation.
”We’re also bringing more quality-of-life improvements to PC gamers, including improved install reliability and faster download speeds over the next few months. We look forward to sharing more details on that soon.”
With the addition of inXile, Bethesda and Obsidian Microsoft has strengthened their position in PC gaming. Many of their studios have a history rooted in PC gaming. Microsoft wants to empower developers, so they can deliver on their creative vision.
”We empower developers to decide how to deliver their work based on their creative vision. Developing for PC was a priority for Microsoft Flight Simulator last year, using the help of Azure AI, machine learning, Azure Cognitive Services, and Bing Maps to bring the entire planet to life. . We’re also looking forward to releasing Age of Empires IV this fall, which modernizes the iconic RTS franchise for new and returning players with the first all-new title in the last 10 years. We’re building on our history in PC gaming with the addition of inXile entertainment, Obsidian and Bethesda to our development teams – bringing their world-class talent and heritage into the Xbox team.”