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Epic says its PC game store now has more than 100 million users

Epic has some new metrics for the Epic Game Store somewhat over a yr after its launch. The Fortnite developer now says the store has amassed 108 million users, thanks partly to the software program doubling because the official PC launcher for the hit battle royale game. That means it’s on par with, and even perhaps bigger than, Valve’s competing Steam store, which had 90 million users as of January of final yr. (Valve has but to launch a more latest stat.)

But Epic says its PC game store is a hit effectively past Fortnite, producing $680 million in income up to now. Of that quantity, Epic says $251 million represents gross sales of third-party video games, not together with any coupons and never together with any funding Epic has given to builders as a part of exclusivity offers or promotions.

Epic says it’s kicked in $23 million in coupons and reductions towards game gross sales, and it’s additionally given away 73 titles as a part of its free game program, with more than 200 million titles claimed. The firm plans to maintain up this system as effectively, and it’s saying immediately that it’s extending the free game giveaways by 2020.

Yet, Epic has an extended method to go if it’s to really compete with Steam, the main PC game market and the first storefront Epic is attempting to compete towards with its more developer-friendly 88-12 p.c income cut up. In 2017, Valve is estimated to have earned more than $four billion in income from simply game gross sales, and that doesn’t even embody microtransactions, downloadable content material like growth passes, and different digital items.

Epic additionally detailed an inventory of the 9 hottest titles so far, though the corporate isn’t releasing concrete gross sales figures for these respective titles. Those video games embody World War Z, Borderlands 3, Untitled Goose Game, Metro Exodus, Control, The Outer Worlds, The Division 2, Dauntless, and Satisfactory.

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