Epic v. Apple lawsuit reveals what Epic Games Store pays for free games

If you’ve ever questioned what it in fact costs when among these huge computer game services are handing out “free” video games, well, the costs for the Legendary Games Shop was $11.6 million for the very first 10 months of its presence.

The info emerged on Monday as part of Legendary Games’ suit vs. Apple Computer system. Author and computer game historian Simon Carless stated a spreadsheet revealing 38 titles, handed out in between December 2018 and September 2019, was “accidentally published early” as part of a chest of suit files and shows.

The free gifts launched throughout that duration expose fascinating information points about just how much Legendary Games spent for the benefit to distribute totally free video games in an effort to entice in brand-new users. The very first video game launched as part of that marketing push, Subnautica, showed to be among the shop’s most popular, with 4.6 million privileges, netting Legendary more than 800,000 brand-new accounts. Subnautica was likewise among the most costly buyouts for Legendary at $1.4 million. That exercised to an expense of $1.74 per brand-new Legendary account, which would seem a strong return on Legendary’s financial investment here.

Other video games, like Super Meat Kid, Rime, For Honor, World of Goo, and the Jackbox Celebration Load, made Legendary brand-new users for about 50 cents each — in part due to the fact that Legendary paid far less (in between $45,000 and $63,000) for those older titles than it spent for video games like Subnautica, Mutant Year No ($1 million), or the Batman Arkham series ($1.5 million).

City: 2033 Redux is noted as costing Legendary no dollars to buyout, however that evident abnormality appears to be an outcome of City Exodus’ Legendary Games Shop 1 year exclusivity in 2019.

What the information does disappoint is just how much Legendary spent for a week of totally free Grand Theft Car 5 free gifts on the Legendary Games Shop, which it carried out in Might 2020.

In-court procedures for Legendary and Apple’s suit started on Monday (with screaming from Fortnite fans who had actually gotten among the general public areas readily available to the procedures). The 2 dragged each other to federal court late last summer season, after Legendary prevented Apple’s App Shop on the in-game sale of Fortnite currency, to prevent paying royalties it thinks about expensive and unjust by Apple.

Apple has actually countered that Legendary and its “Coalition for App Fairness,” objecting Apple’s practices, are disingenuously attempting to prevent paying reasonable and traditional royalties for offering to an iPhone setup base numbering more than 1 billion gadgets, worldwide.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.