Disney Invest in Epic Games
Posted 08 Feb 2024 at 10:41 by Joshua Phillips
In recent years Disney have outsourced various IP to multiple different developers, with Spider-Man being a critical and commercial success over on PlayStation, Star Wars being handled by EA, and various other projects such as Disney Speedstorm and Dreamlight Valley, both by Gameloft, releasing across multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch.
Now it seems that Disney have their eyes on Epic Games, as CNBC recently revealed that Disney are to take a $1.5 billion stake in the company.
It’s not clear what percentage Disney will own of Epic just yet, but at $1.5 billion it’s expected that Disney will own a similar stake in the company as Sony.
Epic Games Owners
Tim Sweeney (51.4%)
Kirkbi A/S (3.2%)
Disney already have a working partnership with Epic, as multiple Disney IP have appeared in Fortnite, including some of their recently acquired Fox properties like Peter Griffin from Family Guy.
The media giant will work with the Fortnite studio to create new games and an entertainment universe where consumers can “play, watch, shop and engage with content, characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar and more”
The exact form that these new games and entertainment will manifest themselves is yet to be seen, but perhaps a unique game within Fortnite itself will be the safest option, which we have seen recently with LEGO Fortnite and Fortnite Festival.