Can you buy Epic Games stock? In case you've hadn't heard, Fortnite is a huge deal. So much in fact, Tim Sweeney, the 47-year-old founder and CEO of Epic Games, is now a billionaire due to it's sweeping global success.
Right now, Epic Games is valued at about $17.9 billion. Want to make money off the "Fortnite" video game? Well, buying stock in epic games seems to be the logical first step.
Epic Games Unveiled
- Epic Games is a leading entertainment company that provides uses with state of the art 3D engine technology. Founded in 1991 by Tim Sweeney, Epic designs produces and retails high-end action games for consoles, personal computers, and mobile devices.
Beyond that, Epic operates Fortnite, the world's largest game with over 350 million accounts and 2.5 billion friend connections.
If there were an Epic Games stock, Fortnite would have been a huge boon for the company.
1. What Is Fortnite and Why Is It So Huge?
I must admit, before researching for this blog post, I vaguely heard about the Fortnite game from my little cousin. Before that, the extent of my Fortnite knowledge was from the high school day's of Shakespear's Romeo and Juliet. A fortnight is a common English word, used all the time, which means fourteen days.
Anyways, I digress.
The fun started around 2011 during an internal game jam at Epic Games following the publishing of Gears of War 3. Although it wasn't one of the original games created during the jam, the concept of merging the construction game genre, representing games like Minecraft and Terraria, and shooter games arose, leading to the foundation of Fortnite.
It's been a dizzying ride for Fortnite fans, between major news drops and a growing interest among popular streamers. But we realize that you might not be entirely caught up - kind of like me.
Fortnite is an online fight-to-the-death battle and survival video game that's exploded in popularity.
Build, battle, and barter through the ages to develop your empire in this award-winning strategy game. Fortnite, in it's most basic form, is a survival game.
You have 100 players fighting against each other in player versus player combat to be the last one standing. It's a fast-paced, action-packed game, unlike The Hunger Games, where strategic thinking is a must to survive.
All while under the constant threat of enemy fire, of course. A little like trading Epic Game Stock I'd imagine.
2. The Numbers Don't Lie
Without a doubt, Epic has become an absolute beast. With over 350 million players and over 3 billion hours played each month, Fortnite is unarguably one of the biggest games on the planet.
Over the past few years, it's been a wild ride for Fortnite. According to stats from Superdata, Fortnite has earned Epic Games a staggering $1.8 billion in revenue in 2019.
It has been reported that Fortnite rakes in a whopping average of $2 million dollars a day according to stats from Superdata. All in all, Fortnite has earned Epic Games over $1.2 billion.
Just recently, Epic Games is finalizing a deal to raise $750 million from T.Rowe Price Group Inc (TROW) and a few others. All in all, the round of funding would value the gaming giant at $17 billion dollars.
How to Buy Stock in Epic Games
- With the wild success of Fortnite, many are clamoring to get their hands on Epic Games stock, and I can't blame them. Unfortunately, you can't, as N.C.-based Epic Games, isn't publicly traded. Anyone making a run on Epic, though, would have to navigate the complex array ownership interest.
For starters, Epic's stakeholders vary from venture capitalists (KKR, ICONIQ Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners); Disney, that Endeavor Group (which owns everything from talent agencies to UFC); and Tencent.
Oh, and then there's Tim Sweeney, who many still believe is Epic Games' majority shareholder. For those of you hoping for an IPO, don't hold your breath. He and his team have made it very clear that it's them, not the investors, who guide the course of the company.
Let's brighten things up a bit.
Back in 2012, Sweeney sold 40% of his company to Chinese internet giant Tencent Holding's. So to get a piece of the Epic Games pie, you can buy shares in Tencent stock.
In fact, it's surprisingly easy to buy Tencent stock (OTC: TCEHY). OTC-traded shares of TCEHY can be purchased from the domestic market, and the original Hong Kong-listed shares can be bought through a broker. Just make sure your broker offers international share trading.
What's This Big News I Mentioned?
1. Sony Takes a Minority Stake in Fortnite Maker Epic Games With a $250m Investment
Just a few short weeks ago, Sony Corporation (NYSE: SNE) made a strategic investment of $250 million in Epic Games. Overall, they will own a 1.4% stake in the company.
The investment is not exactly shocking considering just how monstrous Epic Games has become. For those of you not comfortable buying shares of TECHY, you can easily purchase Sony (SNE) shares to inadvertently get a piece of Epic games stock. At the time of writing, shares of SNE are trading at $76.42
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Whether suitors successfully court the company or Epic remains independently owned, one thing remains certain: Sweeney and his team are holding on to control of their company. And, it's not likely to shift back anytime soon.