ArtStation today announced a collaboration with Epic Games that could change the future of the art portfolio ecosystem. In the beginning, things will be the same. Epic acquired ArtStation, but ArtStation “will continue to operate as an independent brand platform”. They will also be “collaborating closely with the Unreal Engine team”.
ArtStation will reduce some fees for the ArtStation Marketplace – this is a GOOD thing. The rate will be reduced from the standard rate from 30% to 12%. If this drop in the percentage looks familiar, you may be familiar with the drop in software fees listed on the Microsoft Store or on the Epic Games Store itself. It looks like Epic will continue to lead the charge in reducing that standard fee that’s been in the books for software hosting companies for a while now – 30 to 12 for everyone!
Another GOOD thing is that ArtStation Learning will be “free for all users until the end of 2021”. After that, there may be a fee – most likely there will be some kind of fee, that is, but we still don’t know how much it will be.
Although ArtStation is under Epic’s umbrella, it does not necessarily mean that ArtStation will change the way it supports all varieties of creators and media. In fact, an Epic Games statement suggested that “Artists will continue to benefit from ArtStation’s exclusive platform as they do today and ArtStation will continue to support creators across all media and genres – including those who don’t use Unreal Engine.”
Therefore, it SEEMS that this will be a relatively positive move for most people involved with ArtStation. If you’ve used ArtStation in the past, you know there’s a shocking lack of app support in app stores – cross your fingers so that can fix it. You can also recognize that ArtStation is fantastic, but it doesn’t even come close to the amount of use it should, given its benefits over competitors. It can fix that too – but we’ll see!