The year 2018 is coming to an end and it’s time for companies to give an update of what they have made or lost throughout the year. Epic Games have ranked in a cool $3 billion in profits. It’s hard to say what percentage of the profits are from Fortnite, but it’s no doubt significant. This is particularly interesting due to the fact that Fortnite is a free-to-play game. With a current 125 million players worldwide, it’s no wonder Fortnite is ranking it in. Even with in-app purchases, not being essential but rather optional you still find people spending hundreds in a month to get skins and upgrades. As a private company, Epic Games does not have to share its financial records, but boy how we wish they would.
Techcrunch puts it nicely and gives some hints of where it might have come from:
As a private company, Epic keeps its financials closely guarded. But digging beyond the $3 billion figure — which, to be clear, is annual profit, not revenue — there are clues as to just how big a money-spinner Fortnite is. Certainly, there’s room to wonder whether analyst predictions this summer that Fortnite would gross $2 billion this year were too conservative.
The most recent data comes from November when Sensor Tower estimates that iOS users alone were spending $1.23 million per day. That helped the game bank $37 million in the month and take its total earnings within Apple’s iOS platform to more than $385 million.
But, as mentioned, Fortnite is a cross-platform title that supports PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, Mac, Android and iOS. Aggregating revenue across those platforms isn’t easy, and the only real estimate comes from earlier this year when Super Data Research concluded that the game made $318 million in May across all platforms.
It will be interesting to see if Fortnite keeps up the momentum in 2019. I’m certain Epic Games will have a lot in store for players. And if they can keep up with the constant updates then no doubt players will stick around. You never know, at the end of 2019, they might see $6 billion in profits.