Core wants to be the YouTube of game development, and now anyone can try it

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Core, the platform that hopes to help creators build games and allow players to experience them, launches today for free with early access. Available exclusively on the Epic Games Store, it already includes over 20,000 free-to-play games across a wide variety of genres, including team-based multiplayer shooters, RPGs, and side scrollers. Core’s developer, Manticore Games, says more than a million players and creators have used the platform while it was in alpha for the past year.

Core’s goal is to make it easier for creators to develop and monetize games, similar to what YouTube did for online video, while giving gamers “an endless arcade of high-quality user-built games and worlds”. The platform’s development tools are built on top of Epic’s Unreal Engine, and it offers out-of-the-box resources that users can customize as well as drop-down tools for building games. Custom avatars can work with different experiences and can be linked to in-game portals.

Core development tools allow creators to assemble games using out-of-the-box tools.
Image: Manticore Games

Core’s attempt to make game development easier and more accessible is similar to Media Molecule’s To dream on PS4. However, Manticore Games tries to differentiate itself by allowing creators to monetize their games through the Perks system, which launched last DecemberCreators have a variety of options for monetizing their games, ranging from in-game cosmetic purchases to full monthly subscriptions, Manticore Games says, and it offers a 50 percent revenue share with creators.

To coincide with today’s launch, Geoff Keighley is hosting the Core Games Showcase, featuring performances from Core’s biggest games and creators. The show starts at 1:00 PM ET on Nerve twitching and YouTube