Epic Games Store opens closed beta for self-publishing

Epic Games Store’s self-publishing tools is now open to participate in a closed beta! These new tools streamline the process for developers to set up their own product pages, achievements, pricing, offers, and upload builds and updates on the Epic Games Store.

If a developer wants to get their game on the Epic Games Store and in front of its 58 million monthly active users, they can submit their content for closed beta consideration by signing up.

Currently, the available 650 plus games and apps were published via a manual process that relied on Epic’s internal team. With these new self-publishing tools, the games and app library of the Epic Games Store will grow faster than ever before. Check out the FAQ below for more details. 

Find out the answers regarding the self-publishing closed beta:

What are the Epic Games Store publishing tools?

They are a suite of tools within the Developer Portal for developers to set up their product pages, achievements, pricing, offers, builds, and updates on the Epic Games Store with less dependence on the Epic Games Store team. 

Why are you doing a Closed Beta?

Our goal with the Closed Beta test is to stress test the toolset and improve it with developers’ feedback while increasing the number of games and apps on the Epic Games Store. This is the first step towards opening up the store so all developers can submit products.

Who is eligible for the Closed Beta?

All developers and publishers can submit their products for consideration in the Closed Beta. We will select new participants on a case-by-case basis. 

Existing Epic Games Store developers and publishers should contact their Business Development Manager to discuss participation.

How do I participate in the Closed Beta?

Signing up for the Closed Beta and distributing your product through our Developer Portal is pretty straightforward.

Complete the Closed Beta Submission Form form located here.

The Epic Games Store team will review all submissions for consideration.

If selected, the Epic Games Store team will contact you to begin the onboarding process:

  1. Complete required legal, tax, and bank ID verification processes
  2. Access the publishing tools to configure your product
  3. Submit your product for configuration review
  4. Once your product is approved, you are ready to launch! 

What is required for publication?

Games with multiplayer functionality must support crossplay across all PC storefronts. This is because customers expect to be able to connect with their friends on the same platform, and breaking this expectation leads to a poor customer experience. You are free to use any solution for crossplay — your own, the free Epic Online Services, or any third-party system that is not locked to a particular store.

All products published on the Epic Games Store must launch, run, and be consistent with the product description presented to users via their Product Details Page (PDP).

What is prohibited content?

Products that contain prohibited content described below are not eligible for publication on the Epic Games Store. Additionally, published products receiving complaints about content that does not meet the criteria may be subject to re-review and removal from the Epic Games Store. 

  • Hateful or discriminatory content
  • Pornography
  • Illegal content
  • Content that infringes on intellectual property you do not own or have rights to use
  • Scams, frauds, or deceptive practices, such as fake games or malware