Epic is giving away Fortnite tech so more games can have cross-platform multiplayer
EPIC UNVEILS PLANS TO SUPPORT DEVELOPERS VIA FREE MULTIPLAYER SERVICES.
A week after opening its own digital storefront with a generous revenue share model clearly intended to compete with Steam, today Fortnite creator Epic Games announced plans to support cross-platform multiplayer across all games by making Fortnite’s cross-platform services free to all developers.
“These services are expensive to build, test and harden in real-world conditions, but once operational, are relatively inexpensive to scale to more games and more users,” Epic said. To streamline this process and make cross-platform play more accessible for other studios and games, Epic says that “throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across seven platforms.”
Epic says these services will be free for all developers and will not be limited to games made using its Unreal Engine or those sold via its new Epic Game Store.