Epic Games are an american games development company, best known for Fortnite, the Gears of War and Unreal games.
Founded by Tim Sweeney as Potomac Computer Systems in 1991, changing the name to Epic Megagames in 1992, and finally shortened to Epic Games in 1999.
They also own other games studios and have many subsidiaries worldwide.
The company has also developed the Unreal Graphics Engine, which has been licensed for use in at least 650 video games since, as well as their own titles.
Starting off with developing games for MS DOS, their first title was ZZT, an action puzzle adventure, 1992 was a busy year with Best of ZZT, ZZT's Revenge, Super ZZT, Adventure Math, Brix, Castle of the Winds, Kiloblaster, Overkill, Jill of the Jungle, Ancients 1: Death Watch.
Between 1993 and 1997, the company developed or published 20 more titles including Epic Pinball, Electroman, Solar Winds, Zargon, Jazz Jackrabbit, and 7th Legion.
The real blockbuster would arrive in 1998 in the form of Unreal, with a single player campaign, and multiplayer elements, It used the first of four Unreal Engines, a package that created a powerful graphics, sound and gameplay elements. There have since been three more engines, keeping up with the latest PC technology, and being used in literally hundreds of games.
Anyone signing up for Unreal Engine, gets a full customer support and comprehensive development tools.
A year later Unreal Tournament was released, this was a more multiplayer version of the game, and led to worldwide tournaments taking place, and was one of the most infuential online games released.
Unreal Championship was their first game on a console, the Xbox, and was set for play on Xbox Live, by now the company was using Unreal Engine 2.
After years of Unreal games, Epic would turn their attention to a new series, Gears of War debuting the game in 2007, it is considered the first killer app for Microsoft's second console and considered as important as the Halo series was to their first console.
Gears of War also introduced the Unreal Engine 3, and featured an exciting single player campaign, along side a strong and extremely popular multiplayer package, there are now five games in the series written by Epic games, and a further game Judgment, written by an Epic subsidiary.
The company was also to have a huge hit in the mobile market with Infinity Blade, which had high quality visuals and sound, married perfectly to the simple, but effective gameplay required of a touch screen, the game eventually became a trilogy.
Unreal Engine 4 was released in 2014, and Epic were awarded a BAFTA in 2019 for the services to the industry with the unreal engine.
Since 2018, Epic have had massive success with the Fortnite Series, a multiplayer and co op game that sees players in the most popular mode Battle Royale, where the last player from 99 starters wins.
The company plans to release Unreal Engine 5 in 2021, and has also released details of a new publishing arm Epic Games Publishing, that will also fully fund games development from the Remedy, Play Dead and GenDesign, but leaving full creative control with the studios
As well as 11 Epic studios worldwide, there are nine close subsidiary companies.