As you probably know, in recent months the giants Apple and Epic Games have embarked on a great legal battle, the founder of Epic Games pointing the finger at the non-competitive practices of the AppStore. A battle that should be over soon, and which today makes it possible to get hold of various documents, in particular to attest to the phenomenal power of Fortnite.
Fortnite, the game that was worth billions
Indeed, according to documents made available to the court, we learn that the game Fortnite, initially launched in July 2017, generated huge revenues in 2018 and 2019. Indeed, after experiencing a serious slump in launch, before taking inspiration from PUBG and its Batlle Royale mode, Fortnite allowed Epic Games to rake in just under $ 10 billion in two years.
Specifically, the game grossed $ 5.5 billion in 2018, and $ 3.7 billion the following year. It is difficult to know how much the game brought to the developer in 2020, but we imagine that the latter actively participated in the $ 5.1 billion in revenue announced by the firm last year.
For a few months now, Fortnite has been much more than a simple online video game, since it has turned into a real parallel world, notably hosting virtual concerts or even feature film broadcasts, not to mention the presence of some stars. like Neymar. Along with its Battle Royale mode, the game also offers a more focused space “relaxation“, Which allows players to interact with each other, as in a real virtual world.
Let us recall in passing that Fortnite is not available on Microsoft’s xCloud platform, and that we know precisely the reasons for this absence today. To see now if Epic Games and Fortnite will succeed in bending the video game industry, starting with Apple and its AppStore therefore …