Epic Games is making a lot of money from their smash hit Fornite and now they're sharing the wealth. On Thursday the company announced their Unreal Engine asset contributors will now receive 88% of their creation's revenue, up from the industry standard 70%. In an even more unprecedented move, Epic has begun rolling out retroactive payments to reflect the revised 18% difference. All Unreal Engine Marketplace purchases made from 2014 to the present are eligible.
In a press release, Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney explained the decision is directly related to their recent financial success. “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.”
After becoming the most popular licensable engine of the seventh generation, the Unreal Engine Marketplace was launched in 2014. By 2015, Epic waved the development fee all together as previously created asset sales began to rise. In today's statement, Epic highlighted the service's lifetime asset downloads have reached over 8 million, with 30% increase in active sellers in 2018.
Epic has been on somewhat of a spending spree as of late, announcing an $8 million Fortnite series of tournaments will kick off later this month.