‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games valued at around $32 billion

Epic Games said on Monday it had raised $2 billion from Sony Group and the family holding company behind the Lego Group, valuing the “Fortnite” creator at $31.5 billion.

Sony, an existing investor, and investment firm Kirkbi have each invested $1 billion, Epic said, with the fundraising to help advance a metaverse partnership the company entered into with The Lego Group earlier this year. this month.

Metaverse is the latest buzzword in the tech space and largely refers to the idea of ​​a shared virtual platform that people can access through different devices and move around in digital environments.

Deals are accelerating in the segment as tech giants see it as a major innovation and revenue generator.

In January, Microsoft agreed to buy “Call of Duty” maker Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, marking the biggest acquisition in games and solidifying the industry’s bet on the metaverse.

Sony, an existing investor, and investment firm Kirkbi — the family-owned holding company behind The Lego Group — have each invested $1 billion, Epic said.
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“Fortnite” is already considered part of the metaverse, and investing in Epic will give Sony a chance to dig deeper and capitalize on that business.

Epic Games largely lost a lawsuit last year over whether Apple’s payment rules for apps were anti-competitive. The move revealed that Apple had valid reasons for forcing some app makers like Epic to use its payment system and take 15% to 30% commissions on their sales.

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