So I just got an email from Bandcamp, and apparently there has been a deal in the works that they are now ready to announce. I am intimately aware of Epic games, and I am certainly a fan. I've been working lately on building 3D models, and Epic has a fantastic product called Twinmotion that I use to do renderings. They are well known for their Unreal Engine, which is a goto product for producing interactive 3D experiences, and they have a huge head start in that market segment where any new brands will have a lot of work to do to catch up. Building 3D environments is hard, and since releasing their FPS game Unreal in 1998, Epic has been iterating and improving their 'game-engine' product. At the moment their only real competitor is Unity 3D, which has a decidedly more mobile-oriented business plan. If you are looking to construct a high-quality, visually satisfying 3D world for Desktop systems, Unreal Engine is by far your most attractive choice.
What I love about both Unreal Engine and Twinmotion is not only they are both best-in-class products, but that their pricing structure is very favorable towards indie developers. As someone who once interviewed for a job at bandcamp, and made it through two rounds of interviews, I can say that their ethos as a company is also one that seeks to create a level playing field for everyone. That kind of attitude is exactly what the creative world needs, and as much as I am made nervous by massive corporate consolidations as a whole, you can certainly make the argument that this might actually be a good thing for indie artists around the world.
Only time will tell, so for now I would just like to congratulate the teams at Bandcamp and Epic. Thanks for all you do to keep indie creators equipped to compete with the big guys.