In Defense of Satisfactory Being on the Epic Store

In Defense of Satisfactory Being on the Epic Store

Mar 14 Masonzero  

If you’ve read any comments on the Satisfactory subreddit or on social media posts, you’ll know that Satisfactory being an Epic Store exclusive is controversial. Coffee Stain Studios has a one-year contract with Epic that guarantees the game will be an exclusive until then. Since that is locked in a legally binding document, no amount of begging or offering to buy it for more money on Steam will change this fact. In this post, we’re going to cover why Satisfactory being an Epic Store exclusive is, if not an outright good thing, at least no a completely bad thing.

Disclaimer: If you have a valid reason that you truly believe and stand by, for not getting Satisfactory from the Epic Store, then that’s fine. This is not an attack on anyone, but rather an argument against that viewpoint. If you have concerns, then by all means avoid the Epic Store.

Competition is Good

Haters of the Epic Games platform seem to be suggesting the game should be available on Steam too. Steam has become the default game platform for PC gamers everywhere, but having competition and options is healthy. One of the attractive things about the Epic Store is that they take only 12% of the revenue from a game sale, whereas Steam takes 30%. Why would a game develop not want a better cut?

The increasing number of Epic Store exclusives may even give Steam the kick in the butt it needs to work harder. Some argue that Steam has been resting on its laurels for too long, and all of these exclusives may be the wake-up call the company needs.

Disclaimer: Exclusives suck for the consumer in the short term. But in the long term, things like this may force other platforms to improve and add updates, so that game developers aren’t convinced to go this route.

What’s One More Launcher?

No one has complained about Apex Legends only being available on Origin, or about Fortnite only being able to launch through the Epic Games launcher. Come to think of it, a lot of really popular games are exclusive to just one store! And don’t even get me started on console exclusives! (Downloading a free launcher is easy, dropping $400 on a PS4 just to play Spiderman is a bit harder.)

Me personally, I have Steam, Origin, Uplay, Epic Games,, GOG, Bethesda Launcher, Twitch, Arc, and stand-alone game launchers like League of Legends. I have so many launchers that I made a batch file to open them all at once so I can update my games in one go. What’s one more launcher, really? The modern PC gamer probably has several already and one more launcher isn’t going to bog down your hard drive.

Additionally, you can just uninstall the Epic Games launcher once you’ve downloaded Satisfactory. Satisfactory (and many other games on Epic!) is DRM-free and can be run independent of the launcher. Just start the program from the .exe file, not the default desktop shortcut, which does run through the Epic Games Launcher.

The Epic Games Launcher is Young

A lot of people arguing against using the Epic Games launcher and store say that the platform lacks a lot of functionality and features that Steam and other platform do offer. This is 100% accurate, but doesn’t make sense in context. Steam has had years to grow, learn, and add features. It was once in the same state that Epic was in, lacking the features we now take for granted. While Epic may not currently have achievements and cloud saves, those features may well be on their way.

Anyways, isn’t the most important part of a game store the ability to purchase and play the games you want to play? The Epic Store does that just as well as any other platform. If you really want to play Satisfactory, there’s no real reason to complain about functionality, when you still get to play the game. Remember when games came on disks and didn’t need the internet to install or play? We didn’t complain about achievements back then, and we don’t need to now.

China Doesn’t Care When You Log In

Tencent investing in Epic Games put a lot of people on edge, since many are afraid the company is giving information and data back to the Chinese government. That argument loses some water for a few reasons though. Firstly, Tencent has a minority share of Epic, so they are still not the primary decision makers. Also, the data that could be gathered from the Epic Games launcher is pretty minimal. The Chinese government does not care when you log in to Satisfactory!

Riot Games is wholly owned by Tencent and the company has also heavily invested in Reddit. China is definitely more interested with what is being posted on Reddit, than what you’re doing in Epic Games!

(Update: That being said, if you are hardcore about data privacy, this is a totally valid concern. Even if the data is only used in aggregate and for marketing purposes, that is non-negotiable for some people.)

If you are boycotting Satisfactory for the next year, we won’t blame you. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But if you want to play Satisfactory in 2019, you’ll want to swallow your pride and download Epic Games. Considering how fun this game is, you probably won’t regret it! Just don’t accidentally install Fortnite and spend all your money on skins, instead.


About Masonzero

Mason has years of experience writing for blogs on a variety of topics. Now he is excited to highlight the awesome things you can do in Satisfactory. He hails from Portland, Oregon and loves gaming with his wife and petting their cat, Henry. He can be reached at [email protected]


  • ChrisB
    Mar 16, 2019 @ 13:12 pm

    1) Competition is good, yes. But exclusivity is the antithesis of competition.
    2) What is one more Launcher? At the very least another piece of software that I have to find space on my HDD for, and if it is still young and expanding in scope, one I can’t say how much that space is going to be in a week or a year. At the worst, one more attack vector that could punch a hole into my system and leak data. And their implementation of a system that seems to be able to read a massive amount of data about my activities on a separate system (steam), doesn’t rally alleviate the questions about how much data Tencent could possibly grab from the Epic Stores users.
    3) The Epic Launcher is young and steam didn’t have many features back in the beginning, that is true. But back when steam started no one knew about the potential of these features. EPIC on the other hand had years to watch the market and still didn’t learn from the mistakes of their older siblings like Uplay or Origin.
    4) of course China or at least Tencent cares about any bit of data they could possibly get their hands on, even if it is just for marketing data and to analyze who they should try to throw more money at in the future.

  • DuN3r
    Mar 17, 2019 @ 6:31 am

    1. i agree in 60% exlusivity isnt exactly competition, but in the long run (not looking at single games, but at library of them) this is a good thing, since epic will force steam to finnaly move their asses and do something with their stagnant rules/platform

    competition here isnt for players to choose where to buy, but for developers to choose where to get a better cut out of their games (and probably also making their product cheaper

    2. this argument is totaly BS/invalid
    space on HDD.. right now i have 5TB HDD and 1TB SDD, i cant see how 6mb app is a problem to find place for
    it might be bigger in the future? sure 1gb (probably less) of steam itself isnt a problem either if games can be the size of 60gb or more. And yet people keep spreading this “argument” as if epic’s store size would be 100gb.. or more
    Tencent getting data? what? how? “attack vector” something… because surely same cannot happen on steam, -.-
    argument invalid

    3. They are. This features are just not yet here. For example reviews are confirmed, altough they are not trustworthy at all but you still must make argument about it

    4. Tencent has no way to get that data as it was pointed out in the article
    and even if they had it, how is analyzing a market/learning what to throw their money at a bad thing?

  • Joseph L Feldhaus
    Apr 30, 2019 @ 7:24 am

    For an early access game, it is nice having a forum and discussion section to troubleshoot and brainstorm with the community. Neither Epic, or the Satisfactory website has a forum or place for the community to talk.

    • Masonzero
      Apr 30, 2019 @ 17:04 pm

      Good point. The Reddit is pretty active, which serves as a good place to discuss things, and where many people already hang out. But having a built-in place like Steam has would be a good feature for Epic to add.

  • Rebmes
    May 6, 2019 @ 22:08 pm

    To be honest, I’m okay with waiting a year before purchasing rather than downloading another launcher, and I don’t feel the need to go into my reasons – it’s all been said before. What I am sad about is the initial revenue that the Dev’s are likely missing out on, for launching an indie game on a platform used only by pop gamers who likely won’t be interested in Satisfactory. TBH I suspect Epic Games launcher may have a hard time once Fortnite isn’t THE popular game anymore – in fact, that’s happening as we speak, isn’t it?

    It’s a good thing fans of this type of game will seek it out, and exposure isn’t that important – but many of us aren’t going to jump through the hoop of “just one more launcher.”

  • David R
    Jun 3, 2019 @ 15:27 pm

    I do love the argument that epic is new and doesn’t have some features because if I were starting a new car business today lets say I wanna call is naysan would I really start with’s design for a car back in the 1930’s or would I start with a design closer to what ford, nissan and other companies do already today? Thing I always find amusing when talking about a new product is their hindsight IS 20/20 as they have seen what steam went through and what failed and what worked so you build from what works not start from what didn’t.

    • Masonzero
      Jun 6, 2019 @ 18:48 pm

      What is perhaps hard to understand is that those features take time and effort to implement. If you did start a car company, it would require a lot more work to make something like a Tesla than like a Ford. Your first car probably wouldn’t have as many fancy features as the other cars out there, because you’ve never done it before. There are some features that seem like they would be easy, but in big companies like Epic, those decisions can take time. Implementing a Reviews system for example would require not only to code and build the feature, but also to (probably) hire people to moderate it for spammy reviews and stuff. I also wish they’d move faster, but I understand that they can’t.

  • David R
    Jun 3, 2019 @ 15:31 pm

    Side NOTE: competition from the top instead of the bottom never works. Sure they went epic and they get a higher percent of the sales profit but if the sales are 1,000 vs 100,000 copies was it really good for the company? Fact is I bought this game after a friend told me about it, if it was on STEAM I would’ve known about it a long time ago and bought it much sooner, I almost missed this amazing game because they put it in a cave off the east coast and expected me to go diving to find out about it’s existence….

    • Masonzero
      Jun 6, 2019 @ 18:50 pm

      The agreement may have been written up long before the game was actually released, and my only argument is: Have you seen how popular Fortnite was? Millions and millions of people already have the Epic launcher installed on their computer. If I was told I could be one game out of a very small group, available on the same platform as Fortnite, I’d probably sign that contract too. Yeah Steam is more popular than Epic, but it is also highly diluted with games. I doubt you would have ever seen Satisfactory on there either, as it would have gotten lost in the sea of all the other games on the platform.

  • Kai
    Jul 8, 2019 @ 12:05 pm

    If it wasn’t an Epic Store exclusive, I’d already be playing this game. I generally don’t have a big problem installing just another launcher on my computer as long as it is slim and only does its job. BUT – the Epic Launcher might be still young, yet is is already known for a lot of bad things, mostly breaking user’s privacy at multiple levels. The launcher even copied Steam’s localconfig.cdf file, which contains the user’s Steam credentials (if the user opt’ed to save them, which will be common on a personal PC). Even if Epic tried to clarify what data they collect and why, it still leaves a bad taste. They are not alone – other launchers also transmit a lot of information about the user’s computer without the users knowledge or direct consent. Steam is one of the better examples. It sends hardware surveys in irregular intervals, but not quietly – the user can review (and edit) the data being sent and needs to acknowledge that each time.

    That said, I’ll wait until Satisfactory is available without the need to use the Epic Launcher. If the game is DRM-free, I’d really like to see it on GOG one day. They also have an optional launcher, but I still can download it directly from the website.

  • Ven
    Jul 22, 2019 @ 17:49 pm

    Competition is fine if the launcher actually worked and didn’t randomly decide to re-download and re-install the game over and over every few days for no reason

    • Masonzero
      Jul 31, 2019 @ 12:10 pm

      Never heard of that issue before. Is it actually re-installing, or is the game just updating? Because visually, both of those actions look the same..

  • An Observer
    Mar 13, 2020 @ 11:40 am

    Good Grief the complete hate the epic game store is getting is un-believable! Hatters gonna hate I guess. I don’t care what launcher I play a game on, seriously, people and their complete lack of morals trying to argue that Steam is the moral choice is just unacceptable. Thank you Masonzero for the COMMON SENSE, even if it was from a year ago.

    • Masonzero
      Mar 17, 2020 @ 12:35 pm

      Thanks for the comment! No game launcher is perfect, and just because Steam is the oldest and most robust doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be competition. I think a lot of the Epic hate has died down. I also think a lot of it was Fortnite hate that just spilled over to the Epic Store.

  • Woo
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 12:33 pm

    “Competition is good” – that would be true, if Epic offered a better platform, but it doesn’t. It lacks basic features that Steam and Origin had for years now, and that Epic knew users will want. And it’s not like Epic is a 5-man crew somewhere in a garage, they’re a huge fscking operation and would have had the time and money to actually build something good. They just didn’t bother. They took their subpar launcher and threw it out into the world, and nobody cared. And instead of making it better, they started buying out low-morale game developers into exclusivity deals. That’s not how competition works. And by doing so, they have indirectly ruined several game studios. Those studios that went into exclusivity after announcing their games on Steam, or those that were funded via Kickstarter etc – do you really think that anyone is ever going to buy any of their games anymore, after having to fight or sue for refunds? Those studios had their name ruined by shortsighted greed. But Epic doesn’t care.

    • Masonzero
      Mar 26, 2020 @ 14:33 pm

      Competition is good for the consumer. I, as a consumer, have gotten dozens of free games, including many that I wanted. And I think it’s a vocal minority that dislike Epic’s lack of features. The only feature most people care about is if they can launch games from their library. And that works perfectly. Wishlists, reviews, community features, etc. are nice to have, but don’t impact whether a game launches or not. I agree that it’d be nice to have some of those features that Steam has, but I think Epic has shown people care about playing games, more than they care about other things.

  • meep moop
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 14:13 pm

    I recon all the Epic haters dont have or use facebook? Cause if they are, #facepalm.

    • Masonzero
      Mar 26, 2020 @ 14:37 pm

      Most people who blindly hate something are also blind to their own hypocrisy! Haha.

  • Eddi3
    Apr 3, 2020 @ 8:17 am

    Im curious how many copy’s they will sell when it releases on steam :),

    • Masonzero
      Apr 6, 2020 @ 12:55 pm

      At least 9.

  • tasty pete
    Apr 10, 2020 @ 11:35 am

    Just because a lot of games are timed exclusives doesn’t mean yours should be too. It’s a shitty practice and you can’t defend perpetuating a shitty practice just because everyone else is. This is literally something you should have learned as a fucking child when your mother said, “if everyone was jumping off a cliff would you do it too?” Yet here we are in adulthood and a supposedly professional company staffed by presumed adults haven’t learned a basic childhood lesson.

    The game looks great but I will never know for sure because I’m not giving you any fucking money to encourage this behaviour.

    • Masonzero
      Apr 14, 2020 @ 13:32 pm

      Just so you know, we are not affiliated with Satisfactory, Coffee Stain Studios, or Epic Games. Satisfactory News is owned by BeGeeked Labs LLC and opinions are those of the writer (me). I don’t like exclusives, but it’s a pretty established practice. I’d love to play Animal Crossing on PC because I don’t want to buy a Switch, but I don’t think Nintendo is ever going to change. And as I said in the article, exclusives convince platforms like Steam to actually try to improve themselves. Have you seen how much more modern the Steam interface has gotten in the last 6 months or so that Epic has been performing well? Steam finally realized they could not be complacent.


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