Epic Games Gives Creators A Bigger Cut On Unreal Engine Sales

Donna Miller
July 13, 2018

Epic Games encourages user created content, from textures and animations to props, music and whatever else they can think of, selling them on its Unreal Engine Marketplace.

Some of these end up being modified by game developers for use in their games, as most notably seen in PUBG, and ARK: Survival Evolved.

Epic Games is able to do this based on its enormous increase in business.

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Fortnite has helped Unreal Engine Marketplace Devs get a payrise. "The resulting economies of scale enable us to pass the savings along to the Unreal Engine Marketplace community". "Now all involved artists, modelers, animators, programmers and other Unreal developers will be a bit happier, find it easier to live and invest more in their own dream projects and make more high-quality assets and plugins for others". "Thanks to both the Marketplace's growth and the success of Fortnite, Epic now conducts a huge volume of digital commerce", Sweeney said in a statement.

The publisher announced the change to its marketplace earlier this week, cutting its own profits down to an 88% / 12% split in favour of developers. And this moment is comparable and somewhat surpasses it.

"Epic has proven time and time again that they do what they can to do right by the sellers on the platform". The undisputed game of 2018 has been such a smash hit success it is set to see a significant reward for the developers behind the assets that the game utilises. 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. But it's still quite a bit smaller than the Unity Asset Store, which launched in 2010 and has grown to include over 36,000 assets as of past year and over 3,600 creators back in 2014. Further, the increase will apply to past purchases as well, meaning retroactive payments will be issued to creators- a generous move sure to be appreciated by developers of the Marketplace's assets.

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