News Business Epic vs Apple: Fortnite Numbers Revealed Posted on Apr 05, 2021 at 10:18 AM Today normally sounds like the end of the litigation between Apple and Epic Games, but before the court comes to its verdict, the previously unknown numbers will be announced by Epic Games will be announced. How much did the timeless Fortnite make in the early years of its launch? How much did the Borderlands 3 Exclusive cost the Epic Games Store? Answer immediately! Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney pointed this out last summer and filed a complaint against the AppStore declaring the Apple Store uncompetitive, which quickly overflowed and led to a lengthy legal battle between the two American giants. A fight that should normally end in the next few hours, but no result at the moment. Just numbers … lots of numbers! The hearings actually allowed the court to get their hands on the results Fortnite has seen over the past few years, and 2018 and 2019 in particular.
Fortnite, the goose that lays golden eggs
After Fortnite suggested a survival mode that didn’t really work, it quickly changed its setting to include the recipe that PUBG was privy to. Fortnite has therefore developed into a battle royale that attracts more and more players and offers more and more content via the updates. The success is so great that one has practically only spoken of this game since its launch. In addition, the court finally announced today how much the multiplayer TPS brought the American publisher in 2018 and 2019. So in two years Fortnite has had sales of more than $ 9 billion, or $ 5.5 billion in 2018 and $ 3.7 billion in 2019. Unfortunately, those documents were filed in January 2020, which means we don’t have the exact numbers for this year, which nonetheless saw the light of many popular events, starting with the Travis Scott concert. However, Tim Sweeney confirmed that Epic Games made $ 5.1 billion in 2020 and Fortnite now has 400 million users.
Borderlands 3, the price of temporary exclusivity
Even if Fortnite continues on its path, that’s not necessarily the case with the Epic Games Store, which is far from profitable at the moment. Although the business had sales of $ 235 million in 2018 and 2019 (both years combined), the business still lost around $ 181 million in 2019 and is expected to continue to reach $ 273 million in 2020 and 139 Losing $ million in 2021. Tim Sweeney, nevertheless, warned us that the Epic Games Store will be profitable in the long term, i.e. within three or four years. The arrival of more and more players, and thus more and more money to be generated, the Epic Games Store had many exclusive offers in these first months, starting with Borderlands 3, which was only available in the Epic Games Store at least on PC when it was launched in 2019 was. That’s a good thing, because today the publisher finally announced how much this exclusive agreement cost. According to an October 2019 financial overview, the American company would have paid a total of $ 146 million to 2K Games, the publisher of Borderlands 3. $ 115 million was used to afford the exclusive Borderlands. 3, while the remaining $ 31 million secured a deal for two free games for gamers (Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Civilization VI). It is important to note that this offer is much higher than what has been offered to other publishers for the weekly free games program. For example, the American company Warner Bros. paid $ 1.5 million. for the Batman Arkham saga and $ 45,000 for other indie titles like Rime. As a reminder, Borderlands 3 had sales of $ 100 million in its first two weeks of launch, which was more than enough to earn the minimum sales guarantee. 77 million of those dollars were made in the Epic Games Store, while the remaining 23 million were obtained from various resale stores such as Amazon. Finally, the American company announced that 53% of the 1.56 million first-time Borderlands 3 users were using the Epic Games store for the first time.