Epic Games released its annual retrospective announcement today. All the data points to more growth in almost all the metrics that were tracked. If you played a game from the Epic Games Store in 2021, you were part of a community that spent 6.2 billion hours in-game.
About $840M was spent through the store in 2021, up 20% from 2020. Third-party games represented 36% of all sales with more than $300M in player spending, a 12% increase from 2020. Epic now has 917 titles for sale on the Epic Games Store, nearly doubling what was available to customers in 2020.
There are now over 194 million Epic Games Store PC users, an increase of 34M from 2020. Daily active users peaked at 31.1M, and peak concurrent users reached 13.2M. December’s monthly active users peak reached 62M users, an increase of 11% from last year’s peak of 56M.
Epic continued to give away free games each week. Many developers and publishers collaborated with Epic over the year to give away 89 free games. Over 765 million free games were claimed by players, bringing those titles to a new audience. 76 free games broke their peak concurrent user records on PC, with an average of 13 times their all-time records! That’s incredible engagement.
This year’s holiday sale was bigger than ever. Over 31M people participated in the event, snagging over 159 million items during the event, a 14% increase over Holiday Sale 2020. Epic has also confirmed that weekly Free Games will continue in 2022.
Many premiere games will be coming out on Epic Games Store in 2022. New franchises and long-awaited sequels are all ready to be “wishlisted”. Here are a few games PC Players can look forward to playing in the coming year.