‘Fortnite’ creator, Epic Games receives $1.25 billion from financial and strategic partners

Epic Games has received an investment of approximately $1.25 billion from KKR, ICONIQ Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners. This investment creates powerful partnerships with highly strategic investment firms and individuals at the forefront of technology, entertainment, professional sports, esports, and live events. These investors join Tencent, Disney and Endeavor as minority shareholders in Epic, which continues to be controlled by Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “We’re excited to partner with the finest minds in the financial, sports, and entertainment communities. This reinforces Epic’s position of leadership in real-time 3D technology, and accelerates our ability to improve the way people play, work, and interact with the world,” said Sweeney. At present, the Raine Group and Guggenheim Securities are acting as financial advisors to Epic Games and Smith Anderson as legal advisor to Epic Games. “Epic Games has fundamentally changed the model for interactive entertainment under the company’s visionary leadership. Alongside a special group of investors, we are thrilled to support Epic’s dedicated employees and the passionate community of players and developers that lies at the heart of everything that Epic Games does,” said KKR principal and director of private equity and TMT growth Ted Oberwager. According to experts, this is the second largest games investment in history, following the $2.3 billion Netmarble earned in 2017 via IPO (initial public offering). Epic’s is the highest non-IPO investment ever.