Sony recently announced an investment of US $ 250 million – equivalent to more than R $ 1.3 billion – in Epic Games, producer and distributor of games like Fortnite and Infinity Blade and creator of Unreal Engine. With this, the Japanese company now has a 1.4% stake in Epic Games business.
For Sony, this decision will help to build “a more open and accessible digital ecosystem for all consumers and content creators”.
Competitiveness and exclusivity
With this investment, Epic Games has declared that it will remain impartial in the dispute between Sony and Microsoft with the PlayStation and Xbox consoles, especially those of the next generation, which will both have Fortnite in their catalog of compatible games. With that – and according to the company – it will continue creating content for both platforms.
However, according to experts, Sony’s “support” for Epic could leave it in a more privileged position in the dispute for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, which should reach the market by the end of this year.
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For Kenichiro Yoshida, CEO of Sony, Epic’s technology will keep the Japanese “at the forefront of game development”, highlighted – mainly – in Fortnite features.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney stated that the two companies “created businesses at the crossroads of creativity and technology and share a vision of social experiences in 3D in real time”.
While Sony is working on the development and launch of the PlayStation 5, Epic continues to launch solutions for developers and launched yesterday, July 9, an application for iPhone and iPad to help create facial expressions on the smartphone and “play” them for the Unreal Engine.