The Epic Games Store free games program is going to be continuing into 2020.
The fine folks behind Fortnite have announced in a press release that the free game giveaways which drove their digital distribution service to grow its userbase are going to keep going for another year. It's hard to argue against its successes — there are more than 108 million customers with the Epic Games Store. Granted, that's just one-tenth of the registered accounts that Valve has managed in its lifetime, but Epic Games has pulled it off in just a year of operation.
It should also be noted that accounts aren't necessarily as active as we'd like. Steam, for example, only has about 9% active users across all of its registered accounts. Epic Games likely has a similar margin of active users versus created accounts, although the information on the last year doesn't really go into detail.
PC players have spent a total of $680 million last year, $251 million of which was spent on third-party PC games. Creators made out pretty decently as well — Creator Codes were used 1,733,180 times on third-party purchases, netting influencers and other online personalities a nice little piece of the pie.
Though these are impressive numbers, it difficult to deny that the Epic Games Store free games helped drive growth on the platform. 73 free games were given away with 200 million individual games being claimed in total. If you grabbed every single one of them, you got $1,455 worth of vidya without spending a cent.
Epic Games Store Free Games Changing Soon
At the moment, you have a few days to pick up Sundered: Eldritch Edition for free on the Epic Games Store — this beautiful, hand-drawn Metroidvania has challenging levels and the opportunity to improve your character whenever he dies.
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