Aroged, Purworejo – Over the last few years, Epic Games Store has become known as a game store with free games that are given out every week. Some even say “Claim first, just play later” because so often they provide free games. But unfortunately most of us just claim the game without playing it at all.
Indeed, this free game is one of Epic Games’ weapons in increasing the number of users. But do you know how much it costs Epic Games to make a free game like that?
Not long ago, a document shared by GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless revealed that Epic had to spend more than $ 11.6 million dollars or about 168 billion Rupiah to give away free games in its first nine months of operation, which is between December 2018 and September 2019. .
Want to know how much $ the devs of those ‘free’ Epic Games Store games got, & how many copies were grabbed? Here’s the first 9 months to September 2019. pic.twitter.com/5hkLb1VEjj
— Simon Carless (@simoncarless) May 3, 2021
The document is part of the dispute trial documentary between Epic Games vs. Apple on the 3rd of May. For those of you who don’t know, this feud started in August last year when Epic Games allegedly violated the rules for purchasing in-app purchases on the App Store which made Apple delete Fortnite from the App Store.
From this document, we can see how much it costs Epic Games to pay for each game with the number of users claiming the game. For example, Subnautica, which became the first game for free, was claimed by 4.6 million users at a cost of 1.4 million dollars, the second most expensive after Batman Arkham with 1.5 million dollars or around 21.6 billion Rupiah.
Interestingly, Epic Games did not pay a dime for the Metro: 2033 Redux game, this may be due to the one-year exclusive Metro Exodus game at Epic Games in 2019. Unfortunately we can’t see how much money Epic Games spent on the GTA V game because it only arrived. September 2019 while GTA V will be free in May 2020.
With a total cost of $ 11.6 million during the first nine months, which is probably a lot for us, but this is nothing compared to the income from the Fortnite game which reached 28.7 billion dollars or around 400 trillion rupiah more.
What do you think? A large number, right?
A casual gamer who is interested in matters relating to PCs, consoles and gaming hardware.