These new apps include Itchi.io, an indie games-focused DRM-free digital store where developers can sell games and set their own prices and revenue share. A lot of games sold through Itch.io are also based on the pay what you want pricing model. If you have games you’re working on yourselves, you can also set up a store page and sell your games directly on Itch.io.Other apps include Brave, a Chromium web browser with a focus on privacy. Brave comes with build-in ad blockers and players can send cryptocurrency contributions to websites if they please. There’s also the 3D art app KenShape, and digital painting app Krita.
Another app coming to the Epic Games Store is iHeartRadio, but this will only be available in North America. The free music and podcast streaming app offer users access to thousands of live radio stations along with custom playlists for music and podcasts.
Finally, Epic is partnering up with its first app offering, Spotify, to give Fortnite Crew Members three free months of Spotify Premium. Fortnite Crew is a monthly subscription service that gives members a free Battle Pass, 1,00 V-Bucks each month, and exclusive outfits and cosmetics.
Epic says it will offer more apps in the future, and it signals Epic’s growing ambitions beyond making just a digital games store. With more apps, Epic looks like it’s dipping into Apple’s territory, just as the legal battle between Epic and Apple continues.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor.