Fortnite rolls out season 5 as Epic Games retroactively grants modders a bigger profit cut
Fortnite’s season 5 is live now with its all-new battle pass to turn your free-to-play experience into dress-up battle royale. We know that’s what you’re really all about. Epic is touting the new all-terrain go-kart, flintlock weapons, rift content for battle royale players, and the Challenge the Horde mode in on the PvE-oriented Save the World side of the game in today’s patch.
On the business side of things, Epic Games will be surprising contributors to the Unreal Engine Marketplace, as it’s changing up how much of a cut those player modders are receiving from their submissions. No, Epic isn’t taking money away; it’s actually increasing the player profit percentage from 70% to 88%, and it’s doing so retroactively, going back four years and paying modders the difference from those years. Now that’s a smart way to engender goodwill for one of the biggest games in the world.
Epic is shifting the Unreal store from 70/30 revenue split to 88/12, and it is going to set that retroactively, so people get that rate for all sales from the last 4 years. https://t.co/8Zm2NFKnNq
— Jeffrey Grubb (@JeffGrubb) July 12, 2018