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Epic Games Store hit 194m PC users in 2021

Epic Games Store hit 194m PC users in 2021

Fortnite giant Epic has revealed that its PC storefront has attracted over 194 million users as of the end of 2021.

In a post on its website, the company reported this 21 per cent increase year-on-year, or an extra 34 million users, on the 160 million users that the firm boasted in 2020. Growth has slowed slightly, with users having previously increased by 48 per cent year-on-year from 2019

Epic has reported that its daily active users hit a record of 31.1 million, while peak concurrent users reached a high of 13.2 million, while monthly active users in December were 11 per cent higher than the previous year, hitting 62 million.

Furthermore, Epic says that "about" $840 million was spent on its store during 2021, a 20 per cent increase year-on-year. A third of sales were for third-party titles.

"We continued to give away free games each week. Many developers and publishers collaborated with us over the year to give away 89 free games worth $2,120," Epic wrote.

"Over 765 million free games were claimed by players, bringing those titles to a new audience. 76 free games broke their peak concurrent user records on PC, with an average of 13 times their all-time records! That’s incredible engagement."


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Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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