Tag: Epic Games

Epic CEO on 250 million Fortnite players, digital humans, and $100 million dev fund

Epic Games dumped a bunch of news about the state of the Unreal Engine at its keynote talk at the Game Developers Conference today. We got a preview of the news and were able to interview Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, and Kim Libreri, chief technology officer. Sweeney said Fortnite has reached 250 million players, […]

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Quantic Dream will launch its titles on PC via Epic Games Store

Quantic Dream said it will launch its library of PlayStation games on the PC, exclusively on the Epic Games Store. That means PC fans will get to play titles like Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human. It is the first big move that Quantic Dream has made since China’s NetEase made a […]

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Epic Games shows off amazing digital human technology with Troll demo

Epic Games showed an amazing demo of Troll, built with Unreal Engine technology by the team at Goodbye Kansas, Deep Forest Films, and 3Lateral. It’s yet another stellar example of “digital human” technology. Shown off at the State of Unreal talk at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Epic and its partners took another […]

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Quixel demonstrates animated scenes that look like landscape photos

Quixel created a cinematic short film Rebirth that looks like it was someone taking a video of a landscape with a video camera. Only it was an animation using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine. Quixel used UE 4.21 and Megascans to create the photorealistic scene. The short was created by just three artists at the company, […]

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Epic Games makes online services available for free to game devs

Epic Games learned a lot about creating online services with the launch of Fortnite, the enormously successful battle royale game with 250 million users. And now it is giving away those online services to game developers for free to operate and scale games across any engine, store, and platform using a single Epic Online Services […]

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Tim Sweeney announces $100 million Epic MegaGrants fund for game developers

Epic Games just completed giving out $5 million in grants to developers. And now it’s going to get started again with a $100 million fund dubbed Epic MegaGrants. These funds will be awarded to developers with no strings attached, said Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, in an interview with GamesBeat. “You know that we […]

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Epic Games awards $500,000 in final Unreal Dev Grants

Epic Games has awarded $500,000 in awards to the final recipients of Unreal Dev Grants, a $5 million fund supporting developers working with Unreal Engine 4 (UE4). This is the last round of grants, and they give no-strings-attached financial assistance to more than a dozen projects. Recipients come from a variety of industries, including games, […]

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Vblank Entertainment’s Shakedown: Hawaii heads to the Epic Games Store

Vblank Entertainment has announced its next game, Shakedown: Hawaii, will make its PC debut first on the Epic Games Store this spring. Vblank previously made the hit Retro City Rampage, which debuted in 2012 and sold more than 400,000 copies across multiple platforms. Originally envisioned as a Grand Theft Auto homage, it was the product […]

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Kabam founder Kevin Chou believes blockchain will revolutionize game economics

Kevin Chou, who led Kabam in mobile games and Gen.G in esports, announced last week that he has created a blockchain gaming company called Forte (pronounced for-tay). He and his cofounder Brett Seyler drew the team from Kabam, GarageGames, Unity, and Linden Lab. They have reviewed the rise of blockchain and cryptocurrency, and they want […]

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Tim Sweeney’s 2 minutes on stage at HoloLens 2 event says a lot about AR openness

One of the bigger surprises at Microsoft’s introduction of HoloLens 2 was the short appearance by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, a veteran critic of Microsoft. After a couple of years battling Microsoft’s position on open platforms, Sweeney is finally praising it. Alex Kipman, a technical fellow at Microsoft, said at Microsoft’s Mobile World Congress […]

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The DeanBeat: Wall Street hates game companies again. How dumb!

Electronic Arts saw its stock price fall off a cliff this week as it acknowledged in an earnings call that Battlefield V didn’t sell as well as expected in the holiday quarter. One of the reasons was that it didn’t compete as well with other games, like Red Dead Redemption 2, which sold-in to retailers […]

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Sensor Tower: Fortnite makes $500 million on iOS in less than a year

Fortnite on iOS reached the $500 million mark in worldwide revenue by the end of 2018, according to estimates from market analyst Sensor Tower. The free-to-play battle royale game has been available on iOS since March 15. It reached the $500 million mark in just 326 days. It managed to hit this milestone faster than mobile […]

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State Farm sponsors Fortnite streamer DrLupo

State Farm announced today that it has entered a sponsorship agreement with Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, one of the most popular Fortnite streamers in the world. DrLupo often plays with Richard Tyler Blevins, the Fortnite player better known as Ninja, who is the most popular streamer in the world with over 13 million followers on Twitch. DrLupo has just […]

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Digi-Capital: Game investment doubles previous record at $5.7 billion in 2018

Investments in game companies hit a record $5.7 billion in 2018, or more than twice the previous record for investment in game companies set in 2017, according to advisory firm Digi-Capital. Game acquisitions also happened at a blistering pace. Digi-Capital’s Games Report Q1 2019 reported that Epic Games’ $1.25 billion raise was the biggest round […]

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Metro Exodus will skip Steam for Epic Games Store

Epic Games and Deep Silver announced today that Metro Exodus will only be sold digitally for PC on the Epic Games Store. Valve has long dominated the PC digital store landscape with Steam, but Epic Games is taking a run at competing with the juggernaut. Metro Exodus is the latest major PC title skipping Steam […]

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VR studio Fable relaunches as AI-based virtual beings company at Sundance

Virtual reality studio Fable has relaunched, shifting its focus from VR to artificial intelligence, with an emphasis on creating “virtual beings,” or believable human characters governed by AI. The company made the announcement at the Sundance Film Festival. Fable, led by Edward Saatchi, has caught on to a larger trend of virtual beings, also known […]

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Epic Games buys scripting tool maker Agog Labs for Unreal Engine 4

Epic Games has acquired scripting tool maker Agog Labs for an undisclosed price. The deal — the second in a day for Epic — will add new tools talent and give developers a strong community-supported plugin for Epic’s Unreal Engine 4 platform. Victoria, Canada-based Agog Labs said in a blog post that it will cease […]

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