Since its inception 5 years ago, the Epic Games store has all the meat on the grill with a single purpose: to eat part of the cake from Valve and consolidate itself as a leading sales platform of digital PC video games. With 2023 ahead of us, today the company talks to us about the past year, but also about what awaits us in the next 12 months.
When talking about the growth the platform has had, the company says its user base has increased by 36 million since 2021, putting the current total number of Epic accounts at more than 230 million on PC. On the other hand, in 2022 they were released 626 new video games in the store, bringing its total catalog to 1,548. As you can see, in the last 12 months, its catalog has expanded significantly.
Among the most successful games among users of the Epic store we have Genshin Impact, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands, GTA 5 and Fortnite, in addition to other heavyweights such as Sifu, Final Fantasy VII Remake and Red Dead Redemption 2. In general, the players have spent 18% more (some 335 million dollars) in games from other companies than they paid in 2021, showing that the store is, little by little, solidifying itself as an option to consider for users.
But what about free video games? Well, Epic Games has decided to renew its commitment to all of us, announcing that the weekly free titles program will continue to be active throughout the year 2023. After giving away 99 video games (valued at $2,240), it shows that we like these very much. The company has confirmed that almost 700 million games free have been added to everyone’s libraries.
It certainly seems that the once newbie to the scene is, little by little, finding his hole in the industry. With the announcement that the Epic Games Store will now accept self-published games, the brand plans to further expand its catalog of games to race the absolute titan (in all respects) that is Steam.