As once-confidential court docket paperwork proceed to emerge from Epic’s ongoing authorized battle with Apple, it is now been revealed that Fortnite earned a staggering $9.1 billion between 2018 and 2019.
In a monetary presentation dated January 2020 (through The Verge), Epic reviews that the battle royale raked $5.8 billion in 2018 and $3.7 billion in 2019. That grossly outshines every other sport owned by Epic (together with Rocket League and Battle Breakers), which account for $108 million over these 2 years. The Unreal Engine achieved a extra spectacular $220 million—over double what non-Fortnite video games earned, however nonetheless vastly lower than Fortnite itself.
Epic’s general income for these two years got here to $5.5bn. That features all sides of its enterprise, together with the Epic Video games Retailer—which, as we came upon this 12 months, has been operating at a loss in making an attempt to brute power an area as a viable Steam competitor. What’s staggering is the extent to which Fortnite dominates Epic’s earnings streams.
A presentation from later in 2020 (through Eurogamer) additional breaks down Fortnite’s successes. Marvel has been by far probably the most profitable model collaboration, and Epic plans to maneuver Fortnite even additional past battle royale as an “open world simulation sandbox”. Epic had additionally deliberate to present Fortnite’s income a shot within the arm by partnering with Apple on cellular optimisations, Occasion Royale promotions, and a much bigger Marvel push.
One thing tells me that is not precisely within the playing cards proper now.
Epic’s three-week court docket case with Apple started in earnest right this moment, and has already been spilling secrets and techniques akin to Sony’s cross-platform fees, and the quantity Epic pays for these retailer exclusives. That’s, when the case hasn’t been halted by an open cellphone line resulting in a whole lot of children shouting “free Fortnite”.