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XSOLLA PAY STATION TAKES EPIC GAMES’ FORTNITE BATTLE ROYALE MOBILE AND UNREAL ENGINE MARKETPLACE FURTHER

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In 2016, Epic Games wanted to open up their Unreal Engine Store to unbanked and underserved game developers. Years later, the world changed in a Fortnite.

When Epic Games first came to Xsolla, they knew that a significant portion of the global game developer community couldn’t make payments in the Unreal Engine Store, limiting their access to a world-renowned game engine. And when they launched the global phenomenon Fortnite, they wanted every player everywhere to be able to make in-game payments, guarded by the security of the #1 fraud protection system in gaming.

North Carolina-based Epic Games – sharpshooting developer and engine builder.

Epic Games’ story is relatively well-known, ranging from its humble beginnings with ‘90s PC titles like ZZT and Fire Fight, to the release of the Unreal game series and the Unreal Engine, used by developers everywhere to construct virtual worlds of their own making. They are also the powerhouse behind the highly successful series Gears of War, and of course, the dizzyingly popular battle-royale blowout Fortnite.

Xsolla’s "smart network" of localized alternative payment methods helps even more Fortnite players around the world to share the love.
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Epic Games integrated with Xsolla’s "smart network" of payment service providers on a region-by-region basis, rigorously testing the pricing and UX for each new market.

Across several years, the combined five-member team of developers and testers methodically integrated Epic Games’ payment flow with Xsolla’s available alternative payment methods, greatly expanding their global reach while delivering:

PAYMENTS
  • Enabled all available localized alternative payment methods, increasing footprint for unbanked and underserved players worldwide.
  • Helped players to purchase game directly from developer, outside of mainstream distribution platforms and ecosystems.
ANTI-FRAUD AND MERCHANT OF RECORD
  • Filtered fraudulent payments using self-updating algorithm.
  • Reviewed disputed transactions 24/7 using behavioral and data metrics.
  • Handled all risk for fraud and chargebacks, plus VAT and local taxation.
CUSTOMER ANALYTICS AND SUPPORT
  • Delivered aggregated financial data to track performance of each alternative payment method.
  • Shared customer support resources to help developer’s support team in fielding player inquiries and any other questions.
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With the help of their Xsolla partnership, Epic Games turned the gaming industry on its head by proving that success is possible outside of mainstream distribution platforms.

When Fortnite Battle Royale was released on Android devices, Epic Games’ worldwide direct distribution was the industry story of the summer for 2018. Fortnite is indisputably a massive hit — and by working with Xsolla, Epic Games helped to ensure that every player who wants to join a squad, shield up, and roll out can make safe, secure payments.

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