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Epic Store's first sale massively discounts PC games

Epic goes big with its first sale, offers $10 off of every game over $15 on top of sale prices
By Derek Strickland from May 16, 2019 @ 13:23 CDT

Outside of grabbing exclusives and offering free games, Epic's latest tact to get gamers to buy from its store is a familiar one: a massive Steam-esque sale.

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Despite missing basic features like a shopping cart (yes it's still missing even during a big sale), the Epic Store is making a case for buying games on the platform. The store's first Epic Mega Sale is quite attractive and discounts key games by up to 75% off while also knocking off a clean $10 from any game over $15. The $10 promo does stack with sale prices, but the final prices are the ones listed on the store.

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Example: World War Z is listed for $19.99, meaning that's the final price, and you won't get another $10 off. Only by navigating to the game's actual page will you see World War Z's sale price only knocked off $5 so the base sale price is $29.99, and then the $10 off promo is applied from that price. The way Epic frames the sale is a little misleading.

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Sale prices are retroactive too. If you bought a game after May 2 that's now discounted, Epic will refund the difference to your account. This also works for pre-ordered games. There's a limited window though: purchases must have been made from May 2 - May 15.

The best thing about the Epic Mega Sale is how it impacts developers. Typically devs and publishers take a potential hit because they're betting on increased sales volume by lowering prices. But the Epic Store sale doesn't actually hurt developers' bottom lines at all, and they'll get to keep 88% of revenues even with the $10 discount.

"Epic Games is providing an additional $10 off to players at no cost to the publisher or developer," reads a press release announcement.

The Epic Mega Sale is now live and runs until June 13, 2019. Check below for more info:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get $10 off games in the Epic Games store?

You don't have to do anything. During the sale, all games priced $14.99 and above are an additional $10 off, courtesy of Epic.

Do I get $10 off games that are already on sale?

Yes! As long as the sale price is $14.99 and above.

How long does the Epic Mega Sale last?

The sale ends June 13, 2019.

Will I get $10 off DLC, game add-ons, season passes, or in-game purchases, including V-bucks in Fortnite?

No, the promotional offer only applies to qualifying game purchases from the Epic Games store. It does not apply to any nongame purchases such as add-ons (like DLC or season passes) or in-game purchases (such as in-game currency, like V-bucks in Fortnite, or upgrades like Save The World mode.)

I pre-purchased a game before the start of the Epic Mega Sale and that game hasn't launched yet. Should I cancel my pre-purchase and then buy it again to take advantage of the $10 discount?

No, you don't have to! Every player who pre-purchased an unreleased game in the Epic Games store prior to May 16th, 2019 for $14.99 and above will receive a $10 refund! You will receive your $10 refund automatically to the payment method you used in the next 7-12 days.

What if I bought a game just before the Epic Mega Sale?

For all game purchases between May 2nd, 2019 and May 15th, 2019 we will refund you the difference in price between what you paid and what you would have paid during the Epic Mega Sale (inclusive of the $10 off from Epic). You will receive your refund automatically to the payment method you used in the next 7-12 days.

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