It’s no secret the Epic Games is making tons of money from Fortnite. Because of this, creators in the Unreal Engine Marketplace are receiving a big retroactive raise to what they sell.
Sharing good fortune
The Unreal Engine Marketplace is an online marketplace that works similarly to Steam. Users create and sell assets that can be used in the Unreal Engine to create games. For hosting these transactions, Epic Games receives a 30% cut of all sales made in the Marketplace. Until now.
In an announcement made a couple days ago, Epic Games has announced a sweeping change to the Marketplace. Creators now receive an impressive 88% of the profits from what they sell on the Marketplace. Even more juicy is the fact that this raise is a retroactive one. This means that every transaction dating back to the Marketplace’s creation in 2014 will be getting some more cash.
This generosity is most likely enabled by the runaway success of Fortnite. It’s so successful, it managed to bring in an amazing $318 million back in May this year.
Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney spoke about their big change to the Marketplace:
Thanks to both the Marketplace’s growth and the success of Fortnite, Epic now conducts a huge volume of digital commerce. The resulting economies of scale enable us to pass the savings along to the Unreal Engine Marketplace community, while also making a healthy profit for Epic.
This bigger cut of the pie will allow content makers to release more (and better) assets on the Marketplace. The already popular Unreal Engine Marketplace will also likely be seeing a wave of new arrivals enticed by this very generous profit-sharing.
This big raise isn’t the only representation the success Epic Games is enjoying. They’ve also invested $100 million into a prize pool for Fortnite eSports tournaments.
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