How much is Epic Games valued as a unicorn? The maker of popular game Fortnite announced today that it completed a $1 billion (R14,5 billion) round of funding, which will allow the company to support future growth opportunities. Epic’s equity valuation is now $28.7 billion (R422 billion).
This round includes an additional $200 million (R2,9 billion) strategic investment from Sony Group Corporation, which builds on the already close relationship between the two companies and reinforces their shared mission to advance the state of the art in technology, entertainment, and socially-connected online services.
Other investment partners include Appaloosa, Baillie Gifford, Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC, GIC, funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, Park West, KKR, AllianceBernstein, Altimeter, Franklin Templeton and Luxor Capital. Epic continues to have only a single class of common stock outstanding and CEO Tim Sweeney remains the controlling shareholder of the company.
“We are grateful to our new and existing investors who support our vision for Epic and the Metaverse. Their investment will help accelerate our work around building connected social experiences in Fortnite, Rocket League and Fall Guys, while empowering game developers and creators with Unreal Engine, Epic Online Services and the Epic Games Store,” said Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder, Epic Games.
Credit Suisse and BoFA Securities acted as joint placement agents to Epic, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati provided legal counsel to Epic.
“Epic continues to deliver revolutionary experiences through their array of cutting edge technologies that support creators in gaming and across the digital entertainment industry. We are excited to strengthen our collaboration to bring new entertainment experiences to people around the world,” said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Group Corporation.
“I strongly believe that this aligns with our purpose to fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology.”
Epic Games is an American video game and software company that creates games and offers its game engine technology to other developers.