Fortnite maker Epic Games raises $1 billion to support its long-term vision for the metaverse; now valued at $28.7 billion
As we reported back in February, Fortnite maker Epic Games unveiled to the world the first glimpse of its MetaHuman Creator, a browser-based app to create stunning digital humans in less than an hour using its UnrealEngine.
Today, Epic Games announced it has raised a $1 billion funding round to support its long-term vision for the metaverse. The new funding round now values the Fortnite maker at $28.7 billion. This round includes an additional $200M strategic investment from minority shareholder Sony Group Corp. Other investment partners include Appaloosa, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, GIC, and others
Meanwhile, Epic Games is currently in the middle of a legal battle with Apple. Apple said last week it planned to argue that it faces abundant competition in the market for video game transactions to defend itself against antitrust allegations by Epic Games.
“We are grateful to our new and existing investors who support our vision for Epic and the Metaverse. Their investment will help accelerate our work around building connected social experiences in Fortnite, Rocket League, and Fall Guys, while empowering game developers and creators with Unreal Engine, Epic Online Services, and the Epic Games Store,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder, Epic Games.
Founded in 1991 by Mark Rein and Tim Sweeney, Epic operates Fortnite, one of the world’s largest games with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections. Epic also develops Unreal Engine, which powers the world’s leading games and is also adopted across industries such as film and television, architecture, automotive, manufacturing, and simulation. Through Unreal Engine, Epic Games Store, and Epic Online Services, Epic provides an end-to-end digital ecosystem for developers and creators to build, distribute, and operate games and other content.
In 2017, Epic launched the free-to-play battle-royal videogame “Fortnite.” Since then it has amassed a huge following among young gamers. Epic currently has more than 160 million users on its PC store, according to its website. Last year, Epic received a $250 million investment from Sony, and it raised $1.25 billion in funding in 2018 from investors including KKR.