Epic Games is a store and a game launcher that works in much the same way as Steam. Users download the app from Epic Games’ website, create an account, and buy games for download to their computer or gaming system.
Once the launcher is installed, users can find games to play from a variety of genres and get the latest releases from Epic Games and other game publishers. It’s a one-stop shop for many games, including Fortnite, but judging by most reviews, users haven’t thought too highly of the app.
Here’s a look at what you can expect from using the Epic Games launcher.
How to Get the Epic Games Launcher
In order to use the Epic Games launcher on your computer, you’ll have to download the software. You can do this by going to the website for Epic Games and locating the “Get Epic Games” button on the upper left-hand corner of the webpage. The website has software for both Apple and Windows computers. Download the software and prepare to launch the software.
The Epic Games app is available on Android phones and tablets only. It’s not available through the Apple app store due to a prior lawsuit with Apple. Android users can download the app through the Play store. Press install and allow the Play store to load and install the app on the phone.
Setting Up Epic Games Launcher
The User Experience
Downloading Games From the Epic Games Store
Downloading games from the Epic launcher is straightforward. Select the game, make sure it’s in the cart, and ensure the payment method is correct. Once you’re satisfied with the purchase you’re about to make, click the buy button and click on any terms of service agreements. Download the game when prompted.
After the download has been completed, make sure to launch the game for full installation. Make sure that you have an internet connection for the launcher to connect with the game and allow it to run. Once the game boots up, you can start playing.
Make sure you have sufficient hard drive space to download the game you’re buying. There is no option to cancel the download once it’s started outside of turning off your router. Disrupting the download can cause problems in the form of deleting the file and starting over again.
Benefits of Downloading the Epic Games Launcher and Store
The main benefit of downloading the Epic Games launcher is gaining access to free games on a weekly basis. Epic puts out free games on a weekly basis, often in multiples, and requires no payment at any point. The game publisher may have microtransactions included in the game, but you will never be asked for payment for the game itself.
Fortnite players need the game launcher to play the game and access skins and other virtual items. The launcher is also a payment platform and makes buying in-game items easy. Players can quickly obtain items to improve their ability to win.
The Epic Games launcher leaves a lot to be desired in terms of functionality and security. The company seems disinterested in fixing its issues, improving customer service, and fixing security issues. Unfortunately, people who play Fortnite are stuck using the launcher. The best course of action is to minimize personal exposure by using temporary credit card numbers and buying as few games as possible.