Epic Games Gives Creators A Bigger Cut On Unreal Engine Sales

Alonzo Simpson
July 16, 2018

Epic Games is using some of the millions of dollars it's earned through Fortnite microtransactions to help seed its competitive esport scene.

Needless to say, Unreal Engine creators, like Michael Allar of Gamemakin LLC, are excited about the change...

This change is not temporary, which is great news for future developers.

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Epic Games has announced a cut in the fees for developers who load and sell their assets on Unreal Engine Marketplace, which has been made possible thanks to the success of the marketplace itself and Fortnite. In a way, it is also making money for developers.

"Thanks to both the Marketplace's growth and the success of Fortnite, Epic now conducts a huge volume of digital commerce", Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said. Do you use the Unreal Engine Marketplace? "Epic Games is a company that every year surprises and creates an environment for people where it is pleasant to create and work". 3D modellers, sound designers, animators and more can upload their assets to the store, and those assets can then be purchased by game developers. This is something that many sellers lose sight of, regardless of engine or platform, when working with marketplaces day to day. Not that it was hurting in that department to begin with: The announcement also noted that the number of "active sellers" in the UE Marketplace increased by 30 percent in the first half of 2018, and that the number of users has grown by more than one million since March and now stands at 6.3 million. There are now over 1,500 creators offering more than 5,000 curated products on the Marketplace.

There's no word on how the money will be given back to developers, but there have been 8 million downloads from the marketplace since its inception, so it certainly seems like a lot of checks are about to be cut. In addition, there have been more than 1 million downloads of the free Paragon assets to date, representing $300 billion in total value to the development community.

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