Earlier this month, it was revealed that Fortnite on iOS brought in over $700 million before being removed by Apple. However, new court documents reveal that even though Fornite on iOS generated a ton of revenue for Epic Games, it was far from the game’s most lucrative platform.
Court documents PS4 makes up the bulk of Fortnite’s revenue, with iOS only accounting for 7%
Court documents reveal that PlayStation 4 is the leader, making up 46.8% of Fortnite’s total revenues from March 2018 through July 2020. The second-highest platform, Xbox One, generated 27.5%. iOS accounted for just 7% of the game’s total revenue. The remaining 18% was shared between PC, Android, and the Nintendo Switch.
The documentations also show how the projected iOS revenue for Fornite in 2020 was 5.8% of all the earnings, compared to 4% for Xbox One and almost 40% for PlayStation 4.
iOS was always the lowest or second-lowest if Android was listed, correct?’ lawyers asked Joe Babcock, Epic’s CFO until March 2020, in a separate deposition. The answer was yes.
According to one of the economic experts for Apple, Richard Schmalensee, the App Store business model cannot be labeled a leader in the digital gaming segment.
Richard Schmalensee, one of Apple’s economics experts, believes that game transactions face different competitive conditions than transactions for apps in other categories. The expert also thinks that the App Store’s business model doesn’t make it a leader in the digital gaming segment, which is something Apple has said in the past.
This recent information reinforces the fact that Epic Games’ earnings rely more on consoles than on mobile platforms. This means that Fornite’s earnings will not take that big of a hit if it never returns to the App Store.
Epic Games and Apple’s bench trial begins on Monday, May 3, 2021. The legal battle between the two companies began in 2020, when Epic Games push a direct payment update on its iOS gaming app, Fortnite, and later filed a lawsuit against Apple when it removed the app for violating App Store rules.
via The Verge