I know CoT have a decent relationship with Epic and were an early adopter of their engine. That relationship seems to have been really beneficial.
Lately, Epic has been getting a lot of attention for their anti-consumer practices. They want a bigger slice of the digital distribution pie, and are trying to muscle their way in by forcing exclusivity deals with all the money they made from fortnite. This has been causing some rage even among people that aren't overly in love with steam since the epic platform has been shown to have major problems and lack important features.
I'm all for competition and I do think Valve has been coasting on a near monopoly for too long. They've since started stepping up their game to match features offered by discord and other services.
The main issue here is Epic isn't trying to offer something to compete with steam (or other platforms) they're just trying to make them worse (by denying games for X months). This is something that has been common practice among big console companies but is coming as something of a shock to primarily PC gamers that aren't used to it.
So my question is basically: Will the friendly relationship MWM has with Epic impact their decisions when it comes to delivery and platform choices? Are they going to be bought into an exclusivity deal?
I didn't think it would be a big deal since these decisions seem to be getting made purely by suits looking at projected profits, and a volunteer studio doing a passion project that isn't going to make AAA money anytime soon might fly totally under the radar. I imagine if MWM had ties with people at Epic it would likely be those that actually worked on the engine and were excited about having people tinker with it.