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News video games 04 May 2021, 20:01

author: Bart Swiatek

We Know How Much Has Epic Games Earned on Fortnite

Thanks to documents revealed in the lawsuit between Epic Games and Apple, we've learned how much revenue one of the world's most popular games, Fortnite, provides its developers.

IN A NUTSHELL:

  1. Epic Games generated $9.17 billion in revenue through Fortnite in 2018-2019;
  2. Unreal Engine generated $221 million in revenue over the same period, while other games generated $108 million.

Thanks to the litigation between Epic Games and Apple, we've gained some insight into the former's financial situation, including information about the revenue generated by the megahit Fortnite (via The Verge). It turns out that they reached a staggering $9.17 billion in just two years.

We Know How Much Has Epic Games Earned on Fortnite - picture #1
Epic Games revenue from games and Unreal Engine in 2018-2019. Source: https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/20696836/epic-apple-trial-epic-games-exhibit.pdf

What's more, Epic Games was projecting that Fortnite would generate another $2.8 billion in revenue in 2020, despite a decline in user numbers. In comparison, Unreal Engine earned a total of $221 million in 2018-2019 (the prediction for 2020 assumed a revenue of 100 million dollars).

Also without comparison are the total revenues from all other games (such as Battle Breakers or the hit developed by Epic Games-owned studio Psyonix - Rocket League), which amounted to $108 million in the years in question. The gap between Fortnite and everything else is therefore colossal.

  1. Fortnite - official website
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