Thanks to the success of Fortnite, Epic Games has been afforded the opportunity to enter itself into the video game market in a role beyond simply being a video game publisher and engine creator. Epic’s push towards being a platform holder seems to be paying off as they now have more than 500 million registered users.
Making the announcement on their Unreal Engine website while discussing the Metaverse and 2022 trends, Epic revealed that “There are now over 500 million Epic Games accounts, with 2.7 billion friend connections across Fortnite, Rocket League, and the Epic Games Store.”
This is an extremely impressive number, however there must be some clarifications made. While it is not required, users can sign into Fortnite using an Epic Games account, and with more than 350 million Fortnite players, it is safe to assume that at least some of those did register with an Epic Games account.
Furthermore, Epic offers a number of games for free every week on their store front. Again, as with Fortnite, you can sign in with different social media and platform accounts (such as Facebook, PlayStation and Nintendo accounts). Whether these count or not is unknown, but regardless, Epic Games has managed to attract more than half a billion users to its platform. While impressive, this is still a far cry from Valve’s more than 1 Billion users reported back in 2019 (with this likely being even greater now).
Still, Epic Games seems to be happy with the figure, and with the company going all in on the Metaverse, having over 500 million registered accounts should make for a smooth transition into what Epic believes is the future of gaming.
KitGuru says: Do you have an Epic Games account? What do you think of the Metaverse? Will Epic Games ever be a legit competitor to Steam? Let us know down below.