Epic v. Apple lawsuit reveals what Epic Games Store pays for free games

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A document pertinent to Epic Games' lawsuit vs. Apple turned up a spreadsheet showing that Epic Games paid $11.6 million for 38 games it offered for free to anyone who signed up for an Epic Games Store account between December 2018 and September 2019. The program netted Epic 5 million new Epic Games Store accounts in that span, and account holders claimed more than 104 million copies of all the games on offer. Epic Games Store's free games program continues into 2021.
If you've ever wondered what it actually costs when one of these big video game services are giving away "free" games, well, the bill for the Epic Games Store was $11.6 million for the first 10 months of its existence.

The information came to light on Monday as part of Epic Games' lawsuit vs. Apple Computer. Writer and video game historian Simon Carless said a spreadsheet showing 38 titles, given away between December 2018 and September 2019, was "accidentally published early" as part of a trove of lawsuit documents and exhibits.

Want to know how much $ the devs of those 'free' Epic Games Store games got, & how many copies were grabbed? Here's the first 9 months to September 2019. pic.twitter.com/5hkLb1VEjj — Simon Carless (@simoncarless) May 3, 2021

The giveaways released during that period reveal interesting data points about how much Epic Games paid for the privilege to hand out free…
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