Thanks to Fortnite, Unreal Engine Marketplace developers are getting a pay rise

Fortnite is such an insanely massive hit that Epic Games is giving some of the money back

As the battle royale continues to generate millions for Epic Games, the resulting economies of scale have enabled the company to pass the savings along to the Unreal Engine Marketplace community. Luckily, Epic isn't just keeping those sweet V-Bucks for themselves; they recently announced they are sharing the love with a lot of fans who have been creating content for the game.

This change is not temporary, which is great news for future developers.

Epic says that the Marketplace's growth played a role in this decision as well, but it also credits the success of Fortnite. Do you use the Unreal Engine Marketplace?

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However, that is not the only surprise Epic has in store for the Marketplace community. "Now all involved artists, modelers, animators, programmers and other Unreal developers will be a bit happier, find it easier to live and invest more in their own dream projects and make more high-quality assets and plugins for others", said Dmitry Smirnov, VEA Games. This is something that many sellers lose sight of, regardless of engine or platform, when working with marketplaces day to day. The increase, from 70 percent of the sales price to a new 88 percent pay rate, will also apply retroactively, with additional payments doled out for all sales since the Unreal Marketplace's 2014 launch. In addition, the use of Unreal Engine 4 has gone up as well, with 6.3 million users as of this month, an increase of over one million users since March. Even before Epic's generous change of heart, the UE Marketplace was seeing exponential growth, with active sellers climbing by 30 percent in the first half of 2018. Epic's Unreal Marketplace now has more than 5,000 products from 1,500 creators.

There have been almost 8 million downloads from the Marketplace since the store's launch in 2014. It's nice to see the company share the wealth like this and it can only result in more asset developers coming onboard.

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