Throughout Fortnite’s history, we know that the game has been a big moneymaker for Epic Games without knowing much in terms of details. After all, Epic is a private company, so it usually doesn’t disclose how much it or its games are publicly earning. With Epic involved in a legal battle with Apple at the moment, we are learning details that were previously kept secret, including how much money Fortnite made during its meteoric rise to success.
It turns out that Fortnite made a lot of money in the first two years of availability. According to previously confidential financial results for 2018 and 2019 that have now been released because of Epic’s legal dispute with Apple (as published by The Verge), Fortnite earned a whopping $ 9 billion in revenue in its first two years after the launch.
More specifically, Fortnite made $ 5.477 billion in 2018 and $ 3.709 billion in 2019 for a total of $ 9.186 billion during those two years. Remember this recipe, which means we’re not sure how much money the game made after expenses were taken into account. Still, it’s an impressive number that shows us how successful the free Battle Royale game was in 2018 and 2019.
To put this in perspective, Epic says it earned $ 108 million in revenue from other games in the same period, noting that the other revenue comes mainly from Rocket League and Battle Breakers. Epic bought Rocket League developer Psyonix in 2019, so that’s probably where most of that additional revenue comes from.
So, if you’ve ever wondered where Epic got the money it needed to launch a game store and pay for a bunch of PC exclusives, your answer is undoubtedly Fortnite and the billions it raised during its first two years. availability. We’ll have more details about Epic and Apple’s legal battle as it unfolds, so stay tuned for more.