Epic Games, Inc. The company was founded by Tim Sweeney as Potomac Computer Systems in , originally located in his parents' house in Potomac , Maryland. Moving their headquarters to Cary in , the studio's name was simplified to Epic Games. Epic Games develops the Unreal Engine , a commercially available game engine which also powers their internally developed video games, such as Fortnite and the Unreal , Gears of War and Infinity Blade series. Epic Games owns video game developers Chair Entertainment and Psyonix , as well as cloud-based software developer Cloudgine , and operates eponymous sub-studios in Seattle , England , Berlin , Yokohama and Seoul. While Sweeney remains the majority shareholder, Tencent acquired a
After releasing one game under that name, ZZT , Sweeney renamed the company to Epic MegaGames in early "to make it look like we were a big company" even though it had no other employees or offices. They additionally published titles by other developers such as Epic Pinball by Digital Extremes and Tyrian by Eclipse Software. Epic also slowly expanded in size, reaching 8 employees by Beginning with the game Fire Fight , Epic ceased its publishing and self-publishing operations, and after the release and success of Unreal renamed itself in to Epic Games and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina ; it and a temporary office in Canada during Unreal ' s development were the first time the company had a central office for their employees. In the company launched its Gears of War series of games, and in the company moved into mobile games with the Infinity Blade series after purchasing Chair Entertainment. Epic returned to retail publishing in for its own titles, and has solely self-published since. In addition to games, Epic develops and licenses the Unreal Engine , which is also used as the game engine for many of its own games.
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Epic Games started a social media campaign against the iPhone maker by releasing a parody of Apple's iconic "" commercial in its video game, and soon the hashtag " FreeFortnite" was trending on Twitter. Gamers with hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers took to the video-streaming platform and other social media platforms to share their thoughts on the situation and show their support. In a statement on Thursday, Apple said "Fortnite" was removed because Epic had launched the payment feature with the "express intent of violating the App Store guidelines" after having had apps in the store for a decade. Developers have long criticized Apple's commissions of between 15per cent and 30per cent on many App Store purchases, its prohibitions on courting customers for outside signs-ups, and what some developers see as an opaque and unpredictable app-vetting process. Apple and Google are among major American technology companies that have come under fire for their alleged abuse of market power and just last month their chief executives were grilled by lawmakers in a five-hour long congressional hearing. Companies, including music streaming service provider Spotify Technology SA and owner of Hinge and other dating apps Match Group Inc , issued statements supporting Epic, with Match accusing Apple of using its "unfair policies to hurt consumers, app developers and entrepreneurs. Gene Muster, a managing partner at Loup Ventures, said developer benefits have enabled the App Store to be a trusted source of software and content for nearly 1. Skip Navigation Jump to Main.