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Epic Games paid nearly €10 million for Control exclusivity rights

Published: 17:21, 20 September 2019
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According to the latest reports, Epic Games paid €9.49 million to 505 Games' parent company to make Control exclusive to Epic Games Store on PC. 55 per cent of the payment went to 505 Games.

Control is another recent title that released exclusively on Epic Games Store on PC, along with the releases on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. According to video game analyst from Niko Partners, Daniel Ahmad, this exclusivity was quite pricey and it cost Epic Games €9.49 million [£8.36 million/$10.45 million].

Ahmad tweeted that Digital Bros, which is the parent company of Control publisher 505 Games, has revealed in their financial report that Epic Games paid them the sum which is probably for the exclusivity deal. "Digital Bros, parent company of 505 Games, has disclosed that they received a payment of 9.49 million euro from Epic Games for Control. Which I would imagine is for exclusivity," Ahmad wrote in his tweet.

Furthermore, the report states that 55 per cent of that payment goes straight to 505 Games. Ahmad linked to a report, which is in Italian but when roughly translated by Google, it contains the "the breakdown of revenues from digital distribution as at 30 June 2019 divided by digital marketplace" and "the detail of the gross revenues for video games in the premium games sector”. 

These are split into two tables, and they include Epic Games and Control, respectively. The number besides these entries reads 9.490 and as Ahmad points out , this means that 100 per cent of the sum was indeed for Control.

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Interestingly, the report explicitly states that "the earnings from Control are derived from the digital marketplace that requested exclusivity for its distribution". The report doesn't mention any payments from Sony or Microsoft for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, respectively.

While some may disagree with Epic's aggressive policy, it's pretty clear why developers and publishers may opt to sign exclusive deals with Epic Games. Control’s budget was somewhere between €20 million which means that the exclusivity deal fee was half to a third of the game's budget.

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