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Only one of Epic’s ‘first wave’ of exclusives made money, and it wasn’t Metro

Epic Games, we learned courtesy of a likewise epic document dump in the midst of its lawsuit with Apple, is spending mountains of money to make games exclusive to its store—which is fine, because it’s got mountains of money to spend, and big plans for the future. But a more recently released document, seen via Simon Carless’ GameDiscoverCo newsletter, indicates that there was actually one game in Epic’s “first wave” of exclusives, released between December 2018 and June 2019, that made money for Epic.

The titles in the original graph are redacted, but redditor MrBubbaJ took a run at matching up release dates, which are visible on the chart, resulting in the assumption that the game launched on March 19, 2019 is Satisfactory. The MG—”minimum guarantee,” which is essentially the amount that Epic paid to get it onto EGS and keep it off of Steam—is $11.5 million, a hefty sum but also very mid-range on this particular chart. But in its first year of release—still in early access, mind—it earned $11.6 million, making it the only game on the chart to cover its costs.

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