Epics “fully loaded” Borderlands 3 deal cost $146m, secured six months of PC exclusivity • Eurogamer.net – Eurogamer.net

As part of this, Epic paid$ 11m for the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and$20m for Civilization 6. Was it worth it for Epic? Most importantly for Epic, 53 percent of those users were new to the Epic Games Store.Last month, court files released as part of Epic’s prominent legal fight versus Apple exposed Epic devoted$444m in minimum assurances for 2020 alone.A minimum assurance is an advance paid to a publisher or designer whether or not the video game itself makes enough cash to claw the advance back. An example is the EUR9.49 m 505 parent company Digital Bros got from Epic for PC exclusivity for Remedy’s Control.Currently, the Epic Games Store loses money.

We know Epic is burning through hundreds of countless dollars trying to get its store off the ground. Thanks to its continuous trial with Apple, we now understand just how much is changing hands for a few of the huge games.A file released as part of the trial, tweeted by GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless, reveals Epic paid $146m ahead of time to protect 6 months of PC Borderlands 3 exclusivity from 13 September 2019.

The eye-catching offer made sure Gearbox’s shooter did not release on competing PC platform Steam up until 13th March 2020.

Eurogamer news cast: are ‘metaverse economies’ the future of video games?Digging into the information, Epic paid$

115m for the Borderlands 3 deal. This included a minimum guarantee of$80m, a marketing dedication of $15m, and a one-off fee of $20m. Also included are”bundled 2K offers

“. This includes cash paid to launch a couple of 2K games on the Epic Games Store free of charge. As part of this, Epic paid$ 11m for the Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and$20m for Civilization 6. That’s an overall of $31m. The “fully packed Borderlands 3 offer “, as it’s called in the document, amounts to$146m. Also noteworthy: Epic paid Take-Two 6 million

file, 100 percent of the $80m minimum guarantee was recovered within just 2 weeks, with$100m produced in a fortnight.

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