Thanks to the game Fortnite, the American studio Epic Games would be valued at 17 billion dollars

The American studio, whose shooter has won over 350 million followers, is on the verge of raising $ 750 million.

The Covid-19 crisis has not altered the iron health of American studio Epic Games, the parent company of the game phenomenon Fortnite. According to media information, the company founded in 1991 is preparing to raise 750 million dollars, with a total valuation of 17 billion dollars. Or more than twice the French Ubisoft.

During the lockdown, which Epic Games bought in 2019, seduced tens of millions of people trapped in their homes. But its value comes mainly from the worldwide success of its Fortnite shooter. Less than three years after its launch, it has more than 350 million followers. Together, they spent 3.2 billion hours on the platform in April alone.

A future metavars?

During this period, Fortnite was able to multiply the extraordinary events, which went beyond the experience of a simple video game. Thus, simultaneously gathered more than 12 million players, and the director Christopher Nolan recently chose to unveil the trailer for his next film Tenet inside the game. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, has always been very interested in metaverse, these entirely virtual collective universes.

Fortnite has also formed partnerships with certain associations, such as. For a month, its volunteers took to the platform in the guise of a winged turquoise-colored hero, to whom more than 350 children or adolescents, mistreated or in pain, were able to discreetly confide. “Young people do not use the same media as adults. We need to adapt and find new ways to connect with them“, Explained the president of the association to AFP.

Scheduled for June 17, the launch of Season 3 of Chapter 2 of Fortnite is particularly expected. Something to delight its creators and indirectly,. Indeed, the company behind the WeChat application has been able to detect the potential of Epic Games since 2012. Since that date, it has held 40% of the studio’s shares.

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