Beginning at present, the Epic Video games Retailer has a rewards program known as, predictably, “Epic Rewards.” No sign-up is required to take part: Two weeks after you make an eligible buy on the Epic Video games Retailer, you may obtain 5% again within the type of  “Rewards” which might be spent on future EGS purchases.

5% of a $60 game is $3, which is nothing to sneeze at, until you are presently experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms like I’m. I sneezed at it twice. 

As with all of this stuff, phrases and circumstances apply. A type of circumstances is that Rewards ultimately expire, however they have a protracted shelf life: two years after you obtain them. (25 months to be actual.)

It is good that we’re not below speedy strain to spend or lose these Epic Rewards—Epic might’ve gone about this effort to encourage repeat enterprise in a stingier method. The rewards program provides one other prong to Epic’s aggressive buyer acquisition technique, which additionally contains timed Epic Video games Retailer exclusivity offers and weekly free video games.

Steam additionally has a type of rewards program, but it surely does not present reductions. As an alternative, Steam Factors might be spent on profile backgrounds and emoticons or to go with different Steam customers by giving them awards.

Epic’s additionally been edging in on these massive gross sales Steam is so well-known for. Together with this rewards program, it simply kicked off 2023’s Epic Video games Retailer Mega Sale. Together with reductions on particular person video games, Epic is bringing again the renewable 25% coupon for this sale—each time you apply it to a purchase order of $15 or extra through the sale, you get a brand new one. 

You may as well earn the brand new Epic Rewards through the sale, but additionally after the sale: that is a everlasting addition, not like the coupon, which is sure to the sale.

Shopping for video games certain has gotten sophisticated, however I favor this sort of sophisticated—the type that leads to us saving cash—to the opposite sort of sophisticated, where video games for some purpose want 10 distinct, differently-priced editions. 

In the meantime, on Steam, Valve simply launched a brand new free trial system, and sports activities video games are presently on sale within the Steam Sports activities Fest.