- Fortnite is one of the most popular games in the world with hundreds of millions of players.
- One of those hundreds of millions of players, it turns out, is Epic Games billionaire CEO Tim Sweeney. He has recorded over 1,600 games of the battle royale giant, he told NPR.
- “I just happen to play with groups of people and they have no idea who I am and we just have a good time together,” Sweeney said.
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The next time you lose sight of a royale win, it could be a win stolen from the billionaire who runs “Fortnite”
Tim Sweeney, who founded and runs Epic Games, has recorded over 1,600 Fortnite games, he said in a new interview with NPR.
“I have a name that nobody knows,” he said. “I just randomly play with groups of people and they have no idea who I am and we just have a good time together.”
Forbes estimates Sweeney’s work at Epic has made him extremely wealthy at around $ 5.3 billion over the past few decades.
This is due in part to the blockbuster success of “Fortnite,” which brings in billions annually, but also to the company’s long track record in the video game business. Epic Games has created a variety of major game franchises, including Unreal Tournament and Gears of War, in addition to producing and overseeing the widely used Unreal Engine game creation software.
Fortnite was by far the company’s greatest achievement, and its success even spurred the creation of a new digital storefront: the Epic Games Store.
This storefront and the massive success of Epic with “Fortnite” were at the fore of an ongoing legal dispute with Apple.
The game was released straight from the iPhone and iPad app store on August 13th and will not be available again anytime soon – a judge was partly on Apple’s side in an initial hearing that the games are for the foreseeable future from iPhones and keep iPads away.
Worse, the game cannot be updated. Anyone who plays “Fortnite” on the iPhone or iPad cannot play the current season of the game, which began on August 27, or with friends on other platforms.
And all because Epic also added a new payment option to the game on August 13th.
The new option was called “Epic Direct Payment”. Instead of paying Apple and then “Fortnite” maker Epic Games, you could pay Epic directly and it would cost less for the same.
In this way, Epic deliberately bypassed paying Apple and Google for their respective goods sold through their digital stores: 30%, an industry standard for digital platform owners like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo and others.
In response, Epic sued Apple and Google. During the interview with NPR, Sweeney characterized the 30% cut that Apple and Google view as exploitation, calling them both monopolies.
“It’s not just Epic that Apple is taking advantage of,” he said, “but it’s every developer who works with Apple and Google to strengthen their monopoly. Those businesses make a lot more money doing creative work than the creators. ” “”
Epic’s own digital storefront, the Epic Games Store, is reducing digital sales on Mac and PC by 12%.
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