Epic Games revealed a bunch of statistics for last year, showing the growth and success of their Epic Games Store. The company also mentioned they will continue to dish out free games every week throughout this next year.
Epic’s latest count shows that Epic Games Store has reached 160 million users on PC, with daily active users going up 192% to 31.3 million. They also disclosed that concurrent users reached a new peak for them, a record of 13 million in 2020. It’s impressive for Epic Games, but still doesn’t compare to 25 million for Steam. Monthly active users in December was especially high with 56 million, compared to 32 million from December 2019.
This growth is partially due to Epic Games acquiring exclusives you can only get on Epic Games Store. Epic will continue this trend, having announced partnerships with the developers of Control, The Last Guardian and Limbo for their next title releases.
According to Epic, users on their store spent more than $700 million in 2020, with third-party titles making up 37% ($265 million). Epic Game Store users collectively spent 5.7 billion hours playing games in 2020, up from 3.35 billion hours in 2019.
Epic acquired a huge amount of games in last year, going from 190 in 2019 — to 471 in 2020. Epic’s plan for this year is to “rapidly expand” the number of titles available on the store. They are working with developers to provide them self-publishing tools to streamline the publishing process on Epic Games Store.
“Much of the development work this year is centered on opening the store to developers that want to publish titles on the store. We want a smooth, seamless experience for developers looking to bring their titles to the Epic Games Store. This unlocks the ability for Epic Games Store customers to purchase the games they want, when they want while developers enjoy a much fairer revenue share split.”
Epic released 103 free games last year, that were collectively downloaded more than 749 million times. Star Wars: Battlefront II saw 19 million download just by itself during its free week.
There are also new features for Epic Game Store planned for 2021, including a “social overhaul”, adjustments to achievements and player profiles, and upgrades to wishlists. Epic is reportedly planning changes to the shopping cart as well.