Disney buys $1.5 billion in Epic Games shares to build ‘Expanded’ universe in Fortnite

Disney bought shares worth the equivalent of $1.5 billion of Epic Games and cooperate with the boss Unreal Engine to develop one social universe expansive, open, persistent, “interact” with Fortnite and allows fans to “play, watch, shop and interact” with their favorite characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar, etc.


This information was revealed during Disney’s Q1 FY 2024 earnings call, in which the new experience built in Unreal Engine will allow players to “create their own stories and experiences.” them, helping the fan community express itself in a very Disney way and share content with each other in many ways.”

“Our exciting new relationship with Epic Games will bring together Disney’s beloved brands and franchises with Fortnite in a a transformative new universe of entertainment and games. This marks Disney’s biggest entry ever into the world of gaming and presents huge opportunities for growth and expansion. We can’t wait to bring fans the Disney world experiences they love in groundbreaking new ways.”

Epic Games CEO and founder Tim Sweeney shared: “Disney was one of the first companies to believe in the potential of combining their world with ours in Fortnite and they have and is using Unreal Engine in its game portfolio. Now, we’re collaborating on a brand new project to build a sustainable, open, interoperable ecosystem that will bring the Disney and Fortnite communities together.”

This partnership is said to be a multi-year project and looks to expand on the many times Disney and Epic have held events together in Fortnite. In addition to Marvel and Star Wars skins in Fornite, live events like Marvel Nexus War with Galactus attracted 15.3 million players online.

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