I don’t think I am being particularly rude, given how extremely strong you’ve come on here. It still looks very much like you don’t understand the situation, and you seem to have doubled down on that. You seem to be conflating Backers and Investors. I can’t find anything that says Investors, specifically, get the DLC and so on (I assume they do - but it’s just that, an assumption). Backers definitely do. But you mention the share so it kind of looks like you know they’re not the same…? It’s weird.
(We also have no idea of the value of the DLC.)
How is that not relevant to whether they’re screwed? I mean what? You’re really proving my point here. Either you’re confused, or there’s a breakdown in communication to the point where you’re discussing something different from literally everyone else in the thread. In which case oh well, I guess that happens…
Let me just break this down in case it is confusion. There are two kinds of people on Fig.
A) Backers - They are exactly like Kickstarter. They aren’t severely screwed, though they’re pretty unhappy, it seems. They are definitely getting the DLC free, AFAICT.
B) Investors - These guys are not at all like Kickstarter. They effectively buy shares in the game, and in this case it appears they are then paid out to on the basis of the sales of the game. Many of them are likely to have invested hundreds or thousands of pounds (indeed, I’m not sure what the floor is, or if there was one, but I seem to remember from Pillars 2 that the floor was in the hundreds). I know you think it’s great that they may be getting the DLC free as well, but somehow I don’t think a dude who invested, say £1000 in PP is going to feel great about that when he’s getting maybe £30 of DLC to make up for potentially losing a large part of £3000.
So they’re screwed in two ways by this:
Epic is a single, relatively unpopular platform for people buying PC games. It has very low discoverability (virtually none - it makes Steam look amazing by comparison), a low install-base of people using it for anything but Fortnite (and I’m not sure you even need to install it to run Fortnite on PC - maybe you do now, you didn’t before though). Sales will inevitably be vastly, vastly lower than on Steam, GoG, Humble, etc. etc.
DLC sales normally factor in, but every single player who backed the game to the point of getting a copy appears to be getting the DLC for free, solely as a gesture to make people less angry, so the Investors will see far, far less money from that, because the very audience MOST likely to buy DLC, will not have to.
As @BillButNotBen is saying, unless they get part of that lump sum, which seems to have been paid directly to Gollop’s crew and to have avoided being part of the “sales” of the game, the are most assuredly being screwed out of money, and by the intentional, planned actions of Gollop’s company. The sales of the game will probably be 20-30% of what it would have been on Steam, GoG, Humble etc., at absolute best (and I feel that’s ridiculously optimistic, honestly), and with that reduction and no DLC, well, that’s not great.
As @Baines pointed out, they have potentially two years of post-Epic sales to get some profit in, so there is that, but PP is likely to be seeing 50% off sales or more by then, and it seems impossible to believe that it will ever come close to the sales what they would be on Steam/GoG/etc. Maybe Gollop’s crew (the company has the least memorable name ever - Snapshot or Snappoint or something) will bring out an amazing full-price expansion in year two or something and everyone will be happy, but I’m a bit skeptical, honestly.