Fortnite has made Epic Games a lot of money. Nobody would dispute that, but we’ve never been sure just how much money it’s made — until now.
The Verge has spotted some digits in a document made public as a result of the Epic vs. Apple legal battle, which kicks off in earnest today. Fortnite’s revenue in 2018 was $5.477 billion and it was $3.709 billion in 2019, a touch off from Epic’s 2019 estimate of $4.138 billion. That comes to a total of $9.2 billion in revenue for Epic in 2018 and 2019, with a profit of $5.5 billion in profit over that period.
By comparison, “other games,” primarily Rocket League and Battle Breakers, brought in “just” $108 million over those same two years, Unreal Engine $221 million, and the Epic Games Store $235 million, with all but $2 million of that being registered for 2019.
Overall, Epic brought in $9.849 billion in 2018-19, with 93% of that revenue coming from Fortnite.
As was the case with 2019 compared to 2018, Epic foresaw an additional downturn in Fortnite revenue in 2020, to $2.771 billion. Its monthly average revenue per paying user (MARPPU) is also on the decline, from $31.70 in 2018 to $28.32 in 2019 and an estimated $26.75 in 2020.
The document was created in January 2020, so it naturally didn’t take COVID-19 into account with its estimates. If Fortnite behaved similarly to other games during that period, then its numbers for the year were probably better than estimated.
You can read the complete report here.