2020 is a busy year for Epic Games. Game after game they distributed for free during the pandemic, as if they understood that we need more entertainment to go through the difficult times due to COVID-19. No half-hearted, they even had a chance to free a game like Grand Theft Auto V, which in the end led to a breakdown of their servers for a moment.
Besides giving, Epic Games also had the chance to unveil Unreal Engine 5, a new engine that will help developers produce games that are even more realistic. Still in 2020, Epic Games also decided to “war” against Apple, and they have to endure to see a line of games disappear from the App Store.
Regardless, Epic Games continues to post impressive growth. In a blog post, Epic revealed some interesting data, such as the number of users on the Epic Games Store on PC, which has exceeded 160 million people, and how they spent around 5.7 billion hours playing while bringing in more than $ 700 million in revenue for Epic Games Store.
Most of this revenue comes from Fortnite, but 37% of it (± $ 265 million) comes from third-party game sales. Apart from Fortnite and Rocket League, other bestselling titles on the Epic Games Store include Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Satisfactory, SnowRunner, Godfall, Borderlands 3, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 remake.
There are 31.3 million daily active users on the Epic Games platform, up 192% compared to the 2019 achievement. As of last December, the number of monthly active users reached 56 million, or an increase of around 24 million compared to the previous year. In comparison, Steam recorded 120 million monthly active users during 2020.
What’s amazing is the number of free games Epic Games shared during 2020: 103 titles, which means you managed to save around $ 2,407 if you could claim all of them without missing a single one. In total, there were more than 749 million game copies claimed by Epic Games Store users during the past year.
The number of games in the Epic Games Store catalog also increased dramatically from 190 titles to 471 titles in 2020. Even in 2021, Epic Games has yet to show signs of stopping; recently, the official PC version of Hitman 3 was released exclusively through the Epic Games Store.
They are also still committed to distributing free games every week. In fact, the Epic Games Store server also went down recently when they made Star Wars Battlefront 2 free.
Finally, Epic Games once again touched on the self-publishing tool they will launch for developers. The hope is that the Epic Games Store game catalog can grow even faster as the process required for releasing games via this platform becomes easier.