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Fortnite revenues amount to over $9 billion between 2018 to 2019

Fortnite, Epic Games

Popular battle royale game Fortnite brought in over $9 billion in just two years, new court documents reveal. These documents came to light as part of the Epic vs. Apple legal battle.

Fortnite almost made $10 billion in just two years

Regardless of what you think about Fortnite, it’s undeniable how extensive its reach is. It’s one of the most successful titles in video game history, and new court documents show the extent of its performance. Between 2018 to 2019, the game earned over $9.1 billion in sales – $5.8 billion in 2018 and $3.7 billion in 2019. To give comparison, Capcom’s most successful video game series Resident Evil made $4.6 billion in sales during its two-and-a-half-decade history.

Even within Epic, Fortnite stands tall as a giant within its corporate family. The video game engine Unreal Engine earned $220 million, and that’s coming from a tool that receives widespread use in the industry. No wonder Epic Games felt comfortable shelling out over $11 million in paying developers for their weekly free games on the Epic Games Store.

Epic’s court battle with Apple starts today. The two tech giants are fighting over Apple’s right to force developers to use the Apple App Store. Epic claims that doing so makes Apple a monopoly, violating the Sherman Act. Epic Games launched their lawsuit against Apple in August last year. The latter then retaliated by removing Fortnite from the Apple App Store. Apple also almost limited Epic’s access to Apple’s developer tools, which would have affected all apps using Epic’s Unreal Engine. Thankfully, a temporary restraining order prevented this from happening, at least for the time being.

Epic claims that developers should have alternatives over the App Store, especially because of the exorbitant fees Apple charge from developers using the platform. Apple, meanwhile, says that they are justified in charging royalties for using the App Store. Apple claims that using the App Store benefits developers by giving them access to Apple’s over 1 billion users.