Facebook and Google have some new competition, and it's from Epic Games, the company behind the smash-hit video game, Fortnite. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believes it can rival the likes of the social media platform and silicon valley technology company.
“We feel the game industry is changing in some major ways,” Sweeney said. “Fortnite is a harbinger of things to come. It’s a massive number of people all playing together, interacting together, not just playing but socializing.
“In many ways Fortnite is like a social network," he added. "People are just in the game with strangers, they’re playing with friends and using ‘Fortnite’ as a foundation to communicate.”
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Thanks to a recent $1.25 billion investment from investment firms and a cash flow from its Unreal gaming engine, Sweeney has big plans in store for the Fortnite parent company.
“We feel now is the time and we have very large ambitions,” he said. “Even with our game engine, our business with the Epic Game Store, we’re still nowhere near the size of Google or Facebook. We really aspire to be that level of a supplier to the developers of the world. When you line-up Fortnite with the other things we’re doing we are a business very well positioned to do that.”
Fortnite is available across platforms, including Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows, Nintendo Switch, macOS, iOS and Android devices.