In the most humble way possible Epic Games celebrates an excellent 2021

After proudly announcing that it’s too humbled to make an overly big deal out of things, Epic Games has revealed that it had one whopper of a 2021. An, um, epic 194 million PC users checked into the Epic Games Store last year, an increase of 34 million satisfied customers from 2020.

To give you a good idea how those users spent their time on a macro level, 31.1 million folk stopped into the Epic Games Store each day. That number was nearly doubled in December, suggesting that people made the most of their time off during the holiday season.

The heavy hitter for Epic was Fortnite, but the platform also did major business with titles like Rocket League, Grand Theft Auto V, and Genshin Impact.

In what will surprise no one, plenty of money changed hands. Marking a 20 percent increase from the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers spent roughly US$840 million, with third-party titles accounting for 36 percent of sales.

Proving that sometimes the best things in life are indeed free (mostly because they’re free), publishers and developers made 89 titles available for no charge. Those who know a bargain when they see one snagged 765 million games in total, that paying off with people playing titles they might have otherwise ignored. Of those 89 titles, 76 of them not only broke concurrent user records on PC, but smashed their all-time records for time played.

In total 6.2 billion hours were spent playing games from the Epic store last year.

All this was announced on epicgames.com with the statement “We’re proud to be part of a growing community of developers, publishers, players, and creators who made 2021 another humbling year for us.”

Watch for the cavalcade of free stuff to continue in 2022 for those who use Twitch via an Amazon Prime subscription. Act now, for example, and you can take hom World War Z: Aftermath and Total War: Warhammer for no charge.  

Finally those itching to celebrate the Lunar New Year with fresh content to spice up their gaming days can pick up, on sale, titles like Far Cry 6, Cyberpunk 2077, and the impossibly excellent western opus Red Dead Redemption 2. 

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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