Can Steam buy Epic Games?

Answered by Robert Dupre

Can Steam buy Epic Games?

As of now, Steam cannot directly buy Epic Games. Steam and Epic Games are both digital distribution platforms for PC gaming, but they are competitors in the market. Steam is owned by Valve Corporation, while Epic Games is an independent company. However, it is important to note that companies can always engage in business negotiations, partnerships, or acquisitions in the future.

Steam and Epic Games have different business models and approaches to the gaming market. Steam is a well-established platform with a vast library of games, while Epic Games Store is relatively new and has been making waves with exclusive titles and developer-friendly revenue share policies. Despite their competition, both platforms have their own loyal user bases.

While Steam cannot directly purchase Epic Games, it is worth mentioning that Valve Corporation, the parent company of Steam, has a history of acquiring studios and companies. For example, Valve has acquired companies like Turtle Rock Studios (developer of Left 4 Dead) and Campo Santo (developer of Firewatch). These acquisitions have allowed Valve to expand its portfolio and offer exclusive games on Steam.

In terms of adding Epic Games to your Steam library, there are a few workarounds you can try. However, please note that these methods may not work for all games and may require additional steps or dependencies.

1. Add as a Non-Steam Game:
– Open Steam and go to the “Library” tab.
– Click on the “Add a Game” button at the bottom left corner.
– Select “Add a Non-Steam Game” from the dropdown menu.
– A window will pop up with a list of programs on your computer. Select the Epic Games launcher or the specific game executable you want to add.
– Click on the “Add Selected Programs” button.
– The game should now appear in your Steam library, and you can launch it through Steam.

2. Use SteamGridDB Manager:
– SteamGridDB Manager is a third-party tool that allows you to manage your Steam library, including adding custom grid images and launch options for non-Steam games.
– Download and install SteamGridDB Manager from the official website.
– Open the program and click on the “Add Game” button.
– Browse to the location of the Epic Games launcher or the game executable you want to add.
– Customize the game’s details, such as the name, grid image, and launch options.
– Click on the “Save” button, and the game will be added to your Steam library.

It’s important to note that adding a game to your Steam library does not grant you any additional features or benefits that are specific to Steam, such as achievements or multiplayer integration. It simply allows you to launch the game through the Steam client for convenience.

While Steam cannot directly buy Epic Games, you can still add Epic Games to your Steam library as a non-Steam game using the methods mentioned above.