I don't buy that for a second. Some people say it's about principles but I honestly don't believe most people when they claim that. For some it is, but if Valve would do the same thing Epic is doing I don't think many people would care since Steam is already the golden standard and the place where most people buy and play games.
If EGS was a carbon copy of Steam with the same set of features, do you really believe people would be just as upset as they are now? People would still be annoyed by the arbitrary limitation (myself included) but in no way would it be at the same level. Do you believe people would be as upset by Steam exclusivity?
I think its about how it all adds up rather than the individual pieces - no one would have to care about a feature incomplete store if they didnt have to use it. On the other hand using exclusivity to force people onto your store which sucks feature wise compared to its competitors just leaves a bad taste.
I don't doubt that there's people who consider features and availability their #1 priority, but the vibe I get from EGS threads in general is definitely more on the side of principled backlash. Anyway, I don't want to belabor the point. Everyone has their own, valid reasons for not wanting to support Epic, and that's OK.If Epic had same features as steam, similar prices and similar ability to buy cheap keys off 3rd party vendors AND it took the 12% cut, a lot of people (myself included) would consider it superior to Steam due to it being a better deal for devs AND consumers.
but since it offers nothing to the consumers AND forces exclusivity which drives up prices.... yeah, it's got nothing significant going for it in my eyes.