If you thought things were bad enough when the Steam summer sale rolls around, there's now a rival contender for your wallet. The Epic Games Store has launched its first major games sale - with an almost aggressive level of discounts.

Oh, and it's called the Epic Mega Sale, which sounds like it needs to be shouted down a megaphone.

Epic is currently offering discounts of up to 75 per cent, along with 10 off every game previously priced 13.99 and above - which the company says comes "courtesy of Epic". That's probably just as well, as pre-order titles such as John Wick Hex and Afterparty (normally 15.99 each) are now 4.39. The devs certainly wouldn't make much of a profit on that.

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Borderlands 3 can now be pre-ordered for 39.99, and Metro Exodus can be picked up for the same amount.

If you happened to buy one of the discounted titles between 2nd and 15th May, Epic will also refund you the difference in price between what you paid then and during the sale - including that extra 10 off. Customers who pre-ordered titles that haven't launched yet will similarly be refunded 10.

You've got to assume some of that Fortnite money is helping to subsidise the discounts on offer here: and I doubt this would ever be a sustainable business model for a typical digital storefront. Will we see discounts like this on a regular basis? Who knows - but until then, you've got until 13th June to take advantage of the current ones.

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