That’s how much Epic has to pay for the free games they hand out

Since Epic launched its computer game store Epic Games Store at the end of 2018, the company has attracted users by handing out free games. Every week, players can log in and find one or two new games.

It goes without saying that Epic pays the developers behind the games for this, but how much has previously been unknown. Now reports Polygon that a list of games distributed between December 2018 and September 2019 has been leaked from the trial between Epic and Apple, discovered by Simon Carless.

The list shows how many people acquired the games while they were free, how much Epic paid for each title, how many new accounts each game accounted for, and how much each new account cost (that is, the total cost divided by the number of new accounts).

The very first game that was given away was Subnautica, which attracted over 4.6 million users, of which just over 800,000 acquired an account in the store to get a share of the game. At a cost of $ 1.4 million, it will be $ 1.74 per new user. Of the games on the list, Batman Arkham was the most expensive for Epic, $ 1.5. The lowest cost per new user was Super Meat Boy, which attracted 97,042 new customers at a cost of $ 50,000.

The list does not include some of the big games Epic has later given away in the campaign, such as Grand Theft Auto 5 and Civilization 6.