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Established: 1991

Established in 1991 in Raleigh, NC, USA, Epic Games is a developer currently most notable as a creator of Fortnite and the Unreal game engine. In its early years, however, the company established itself with shareware games including Jill of the Jungle, Jazz Jackrabbit and Epic Pinball.

However its place in gaming history, and as a producer of premium quality shooters, was established with the 1998 release of Unreal and Unreal Tournament - the million selling shooters that gave name to Unreal Engine, used today by developers worldwide.

More recent highlights are Gears of War, Shadow Complex and the Infinity Blade series of games and, of course, Fortnite. The company is now headquartered in Cary, North Carolina.

You can read more about Epic's games via the "Related Games" section.

Software Highlights from Credited Titles

Epic Games's first work that SPOnG is aware of is the 1994 title, "Jazz Jackrabbit" (PC).

The company has been involved titles released on the PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, PS3, Xbox 360, Power Mac, Xbox and Dreamcast. Of these, "Gears of War" (Xbox 360), "Gears of War 2" (Xbox 360), "Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict" (Xbox), "Unreal Tournament 3" (PS3), "Gears of War 3" (Xbox 360) has been a best selling title.

The company's most recent involvement was on the 2018 release "Fortnite" (Switch).

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18 Feb 2014

Microsoft Buys Gears of War Outright News

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27 Jan 2014

Gears of War for Xbox One News

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18 Sep 2013

Remedy Adds Epic Man to Board News

Mike Capps joining the Alan Wake crew

11 Sep 2013

Epic Working On a 'Competitive Online Action Game', Apparently News

No sign of Epic or Unreal Engine 4 at E3 this year though?

05 Jul 2013

Epic Games Launches its Own Indie Bundle News

Seven indie games for the price of one.

30 Apr 2013

Epic Games: PS4 is Like "The World's Best PC" News

Big boost to Sony as Xbox 720 prepares for reveal

03 Apr 2013

Chinese Firm Tencent Actually Owns Around Half of Epic Games News

A 'minority stake' by about 1.7 per cent.

22 Mar 2013

Epic Keeping 'Silent' on "Really Cool" Gears of War Kinect RTS News

Nothing to say, apparently.

05 Mar 2013

Gears of War Judgment Leaked Online Already News

A whole month ahead of its official release.

19 Feb 2013

Gears of War Tactics: Images of Kinect-Based RTS Surface News

Report suggests move to next Xbox console.

15 Feb 2013

Epic President Resigns 'After 10 Crazy and Wonderful Years' News

He is transitioning... to baby barf

05 Dec 2012

Cliffy 'B' is Departing Epic News

Bleszinski unclear about where to next

04 Oct 2012

Epic Wellcomes Unreal New Game Ideas from You News

Time for you to get your science on

03 Oct 2012

Gears of War Judgment Developer Bought News

People have flown but money has been exchanged

14 Aug 2012

Gears of War Team Loses Creatives News

People can fly... and do.

13 Aug 2012

Gears of War Production Director Joins Irrational Games News

He arrives as others jump ship.

10 Aug 2012

VR Headset Kickstarter Gains Support from Valve, id, Epic News

Smashes target by a country mile.

02 Aug 2012

Chinese Firm Buys Stake in Epic Games News

Won't affect Epic's independence, say both companies.

19 Jun 2012

People Can Fly Confirmed for Next Gears of War News

More details coming Monday

01 Jun 2012

Epic Games Sucker Punches Silicon Knights in Unreal Legal Battle News

"Jury find for Epic on all counts."

31 May 2012

Epic: Next-Gen Consoles Need 'Dramatic Increase in Power' News

But, current gen games 'are the best games out there.' Eh?

14 May 2012

Gabe Newell Gets All Steamed Up Over EA Origin News

If it was out of 100, we reckon Gabe would give EA Origin 70!

24 Apr 2012

Epic Confirms, Then Cancels Gears of War: Exile News

Cliff Bleszinski doesn't reveal much about what it was, either.

10 Apr 2012

Gears of War 3 Title Update 4 Now Live News

Full details listed

20 Mar 2012

Epic's Rein a Big Wii U Fan News

Epic's man says Nintendo console will be a hit

13 Mar 2012

"The New iPad" - Epic Gets Infinity Blade Dungeons Out News

Infinity Blade gets a follow-up...

08 Mar 2012

Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock First Vita Game with Unreal Engine News

And a new Doctor Who trailer in this story!

22 Feb 2012

Gears of War III Gets Last DLC News

And we refuse to misquote Cliffy B out of context to celebrate... or mourn

17 Feb 2012

2012 for Unreal Engine 4 Reveal News

Mark Rein spills the beans on profound changes

10 Feb 2012

Epic Games Combating Pre-Owned with... DLC News

Epic says that DLC are are not just levels that were already done

17 Nov 2011

Bleszinski Believes There's Still Life in the Xbox 360 News

Can X-Box survive on a little "Code Magic"?

09 Nov 2011

Gears of War 3 Horde Command DLC Delayed News

Technical difficulties.

01 Nov 2011

UK Video Game Chart: FIFA Resists RAGE for Top Spot News

Dark Souls debuts at #3! Hurrah!

10 Oct 2011

Epic Reveals Unreal Engine 3 Running in Flash News

Blimey, that's actually quite impressive.

05 Oct 2011

Infinity Blade II Shows Off iPhone 4S Power News

Smartphone beefcake revealed at Apple campus last night.

05 Oct 2011

Gears 3 Sells Three Million Copies Worldwide News

Marcus and Dom join the billion dollar club

29 Sep 2011

Epic's Sweeney Talks About The Future Of Mice and Motion News

Eggs is eggs and games is games.

28 Sep 2011

New Maps For Gears 3 Revealed? News

Three names slip out and no more.

26 Sep 2011

Meet the First Ever UK Gears of War 3 Player News

Jon Aston gets his hands on a 40” widescreen TV for his Epic wait.

20 Sep 2011

Horde Gathers for Gears of War 3 London Launch News

400 fans gather outside flagship GAME store.

20 Sep 2011

Dom Santiago to Appear at Gears of War 3 UK Launch Party News

He'll be signing stuff!

14 Sep 2011

Epic Threatens Gears of War 3 Leakers with Bans News

If it finds proof.

16 Aug 2011

Gears of War 3 Trailer Shows Off Horde 2.0 News

Plus: Ice-T's theme song not obnoxious shocker!

02 Aug 2011

Epic Games Looking with Love at Wii U News

Just don't expect anything too soon

26 Jul 2011

Gears of War 3 Gets "Casual" Mode News

Yeah! Hrrrr! Raaaaa!! Erm... oh... cute

25 Jul 2011

Gears of War 4 as The Hobbit? News

And what, exactly, does 'this connected world' have in store for the series?

19 Jul 2011

No Steam for Battlefield 3 - Or The Missing List Mystery News

The fighting starts before the wargame

11 Jul 2011

Epic Comments on Gears of War 3 Torrenting News

Company is aware of it.

04 Jul 2011

Epic Games Gets User Data Hacked News

User passwords included

13 Jun 2011

Gears of War 3 Special Editions Revealed News

£100 edition comes complete with Marcus Fenix statue.

16 May 2011

Epic: Most Studios are Afraid to Release a Demo News

unless they’re certain it’s really good and can represent the game in the best possible way...

16 Mar 2011

UK Videogame Charts: Killzone 3 Smacks Bulletstorm Down News

Platform exclusive damages "satire" in the face

28 Feb 2011

Gears of War 3: What's on the Box? News

Plus: beta news, new screens

25 Feb 2011

Gears of War 3 Dated - Japan Loses Out - Awesome News

Awesomeness and trilogy closing sadness in one go

23 Feb 2011

Epic Gives Unreal Engine Users Massive Boost News

Raises Unreal Engine Revenue Cap by 10 Times

23 Feb 2011

Rumour: Gears of War Kinect Still Real News

Take me (back) to the hospital.

09 Feb 2011

Gears Triple Pack Not for UK Says Microsoft News

No point in being the 51st State after all

19 Jan 2011

Gears of War's Bleszinski to Lecture on Seven Deadly Sins News

More pre-Gears news...

19 Jan 2011

Epic to Unveil New IP at GDC News

Should be exciting

28 Dec 2010

Gears of War 3 Beta due April 2011 News

Gearing up for Spring

21 Dec 2010

Gears of War 3 to Reward Players of Past Epic Games News

Special unlocks for serious fans.

21 Dec 2010

Free Gears of War 2 DLC Largely Ignored News

Less than 30% of players downloaded it.

21 Dec 2010

Blezinski Explains Gears of War 3 Non-Announcement News

Clears up the confusion

16 Dec 2010

Epic's iOS RPG, Infinity Blade, Launching Next Week News

T'is the season for gaming on an iPhone.

30 Nov 2010

Gears of War for Kinect at Spike TV Awards News

Cliff Bleszinski denies GoW3

16 Nov 2010

Gears Of War On iPhone in Two Years, Possibly News

So says Chair Entertianment's creative director

03 Nov 2010

Molyneux Shows Demo to Epic - Internet Goes Ga-Ga for Gears of Milo! News

Apparently this means the Epic will surely make Milo

20 Oct 2010

Gears of War 3: Dedicated Servers, MP Demo Confirmed News

Simple as that...

07 Oct 2010

Gears of War 3 Slips: Not a Quality Issue News

Will now be "the marquee title for the holiday season" in 2011

01 Oct 2010

Epic Games Working on Project Sword for iOS Devices News

Detailed RPG world, with sword fighting action.

02 Sep 2010

Rein: I'm Sorry For Being "A Jerk" News

Sends apology to indie developer over Develop controversy.

20 Jul 2010

Indie Dev to Epic: F*ck Off News

Positech's Cliff Harris slams Mark Rein over marketing snub

16 Jul 2010

Epic: Unreal Game Similarities a "Ridiculous Argument" News

Bulletstorm looks different to Gears because it wants to.

12 Jul 2010

Exclusive: Epic's Mark Rein: Move, Kinect User Base Not Clear Til June 2011 News

No plans for Epic IP until it is.

09 Jul 2010

Gears of War 3 and the Crazy DLC News

Cliff's into it

01 Jul 2010

Gears of War 3 Beast Mode Detailed News

It's Locust against COG - but different.

21 Jun 2010

E3 2010: Gears of War 3 - New Mode Coming News

Four player multi looks superb

14 Jun 2010

Drake - not Nathan Drake - Joins Gears of War 3 News

Grammy Nominated Recording Artist, Drake that is

11 Jun 2010

Magazine Officially Sorry for Cliff Bleszinski 'Misquote' News

He doesn't think Japan is technically slow at all

10 Jun 2010

Bulletstorm Trailer - Lots of Pain, Killing and Guns News

Beware: Awesome to be said a great deal

13 May 2010

Rumour: Gears of War 3 Details Revealed in Russian Magazine News

Marcus slips into something a little more comfortable.

05 May 2010

April 8th 2011 for Gears of War 3 Trailer Here News

Women soldiers as well

13 Apr 2010

Gears of War 3 in April 2011 - Concludes the Saga News

Will feature cover system shakeups and underwater stages, apparently.

09 Apr 2010

Epic: Gears of War Not Owned By Microsoft News

Developer can take the series wherever it likes.

15 Mar 2010

Epic Games Unreal for iPad News

Mark Rein is jolly impressed with it.

28 Jan 2010

Mark Rein: Epic Games too Twitchy for Natal News

Epic VP talks motion sensibility

23 Jul 2009

Cliff Bleszinski: Natal is Chasing Wii-Fit Market News

Natal won't be tagged onto Gears

20 Jul 2009

No News on Euro Double Gears of War Bundle News

Aussies getting geared up

26 May 2009

Gears of War 2: Can 5 Million Gamers Be Wrong? News

New content pack announced

07 May 2009

Gears Boss: Xbox 360 has More News

Envelope still being pushed

16 Apr 2009

OnLive Descends from the Cloud News

Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony in trouble?

24 Mar 2009

PS3 Certification Delays Unreal Tournament III DLC News

Pushed back to late March

05 Mar 2009

Gears of War PC: Dead on Digital Cert Expiry News

Gears of Peace then?

29 Jan 2009

Gears of War 2: New DLC Achievements News

Addresses a number of exploits.

21 Jan 2009

Gears of War 2 Tops 4 Million News

Doubles pace of original

16 Jan 2009

Gears 2 Flashback Map Pack for All! News

Microsoft cashes in on pre-owned sales

08 Jan 2009

Big Gears of War 2 Update Detailed News

Exploits fixed, new achievements coming

06 Jan 2009

Gears of War 2 DLC Out Now! News

New video right here

15 Dec 2008

Halo 3 vs Gears 2 Fight! News

Plus: shooter closes in on 3 million sales

08 Dec 2008

God of War Creator: Gears of War 2 for Game of the Year News

GoW man bigs up GoW2 with loads of naughty words

24 Nov 2008

Gears of War 2 Gets Touched by Midas News

Only 28 days to go...

10 Oct 2008

Suda51 Using Unreal Engine for 'Action Horror' News

Resident Evil creator signed on

07 Oct 2008

Epic: EA Buyout is "Rubbish" News

Mark Rein can be a man of few words after all...

06 Oct 2008

Microsoft Confirms "No Plans" For Gears 2 on PC News

Epic comment confirmed

02 Sep 2008

Electronic Arts Take-Two Deadline Covered by Epic Deal News

EA and Epic studio make friends

18 Aug 2008

Epic: Nothing About Gears 2 Family Friendly News

Content filters confirmed

07 Aug 2008

Gears of War 2 Goes Family Friendly! News

Strange, but apparently true

06 Aug 2008

The Horror of Comedy on Xbox Live News

Plus: Microsoft's Comic-Con line-up

24 Jul 2008

The Novelty of Gears of War News

Epic shooter gets booked

22 Jul 2008

E3: Gravelly-Voiced Gears of War 2 Trailer News

Plus: new screens!

15 Jul 2008

Gears of War 2 - It Moves! News

New video inside

08 Jul 2008

Unreal Tournament 3 on Xbox 360 Gets Dated News

And don't forget the Gears video

13 Jun 2008

Gears of War 2 Dated PLUS Life-Sized Weaponry Coming! News

Gears shifts up... a gear.

02 Jun 2008

Gears of War 2 Trailer Coming Nearly Now News

But you're going to have to wait a little longer.

09 May 2008

Epic: Nintendo's Wii Like a Virus News

But its software is great... except for some of it

21 Apr 2008

Unreal Tournament 3 Coming This Summer on Xbox 360 News

New content confirmed

21 Apr 2008

DC to Publish Gears of War Comic News

Series coming later this year

18 Apr 2008

EA Expands Unreal Engine 3 Agreement News

Engine to be used in mystery games

09 Apr 2008

Gears of War 2 Preview at New York Comic Con News

Gamers summit detailed

02 Apr 2008

Epic Shows Off Gears of War 2 Jitters and Tech News

Here there be videos

26 Mar 2008

Steam Gets Epic News

Epic back catalogue heading to Valve's online gaming platform

18 Mar 2008

Unreal Tournament 3 has "Surpassed" Halo 3 News

Plus: Cliffy B an idiot

25 Feb 2008

Get Teased By Gears of War 2 News

First Gears 2 trailer inside

21 Feb 2008

Gears of War 2 – Confirmed for November News

Silicon Knights still not playing nice with Epic though...

21 Feb 2008

Unreal 3 Engine Used in Dance Game! News

Hardcore gamers hide their heads...

20 Feb 2008

Gears of War Maker to Microsoft: Another Billion to Buy News

Rein says Epic isn't cheap

19 Feb 2008

Unreal Engine Licencees Subpoenaed News

Silicon Knights getting its legal sword unsheathed

24 Jan 2008

Unreal Engine 3 Licensed for Sin City News

Can Red Mile make it work?

21 Dec 2007

Unreal Tournament 3: Prettier Than Gears Of War News

But not in Europe this year

12 Nov 2007

Gears Of War Is Punters' Game Of The Year News

The Golden Joysticks winners are in

29 Oct 2007

THQ Poor Financials And Unreal Engine "Challenges" News

Fiscal expectations lowered

23 Oct 2007

Gears of War Man Takes On Thundercats News

Is Hollywood going to drain all our talent?

10 Oct 2007

darkSector Developer: Unreal Engine Delaying Games News

Epic under fire again

20 Aug 2007

Unreal's Rein: Blu-ray Gives Us "Legroom" News

360 owners to get less

15 Aug 2007

Silicon Knights: Our Game Engine Better Than Unreal! News

Everyone sues everyone else...

10 Aug 2007

Rumour Crushing: Unreal III Not Cross Platform News

But a mouse and a keyboard - woot!

07 Aug 2007

Silicon Knights Gears Up For Epic Lawsuit News

Too Human developer claims Unreal Engine 3 is inadequate

20 Jul 2007

Epic's Gears of War Heads to Mac News

Following Unreal Tournament 3

18 Jul 2007

Gears Of War To Be Announced On PC At E3 News

Ironically confirmed by Epic’s cease and desist notices

08 Jul 2007

Gears of War Update Available Tomorrow News

Plus: Control system tightened

13 Jun 2007

Gears of War's Mark Rein Gets Story Pulled News

Gears of War on PS3 rumour “Bull****”

04 Jun 2007

Hollywood And Games Summit: Full Line-Up Announced News

Hollywood and gaming knock heads

23 May 2007

Gears Of War: Xbox Live Arcade In Cheeky Cash Grab News

Live Arcade charges for freely available game guides

26 Apr 2007

Develop Conference Offshoot: New Speakers Announced News

Microsoft, Epic, Evolution and Rare get involved

23 Apr 2007

Gears of War: The Movie News

New Line Cinema sign up for movie version of Epic’s epic

21 Mar 2007

GDC: Gears of War Cleans Up At Awards News

Game Developers Choice Awards dishes out the honours

08 Mar 2007

You Get To Kill Cliffy B News

Gears fest with Cliffy and his team for Europe!

21 Feb 2007

GDC 2007 Preview: Latest News from Epic, Crytek and More News

Plus, Video Games Live 'crescendo finale'

20 Feb 2007

Gears Developer Gives Hard Line On Game Patching News

Epic Games President speaks up on downloadable content and bigs up hard disks for 360 Core...

06 Feb 2007

New Gears of War Maps News

The fresh bloodshed commences on Thursday

08 Jan 2007

Gears of Phwoar Sells 2 Million News

Fastest selling next-gen game of 2006. Game of the year?

15 Dec 2006

The Charts: Gears of War Is Fastest Selling 360 Game Ever News

Quelle surprise! 'Gears of Phwooar' straight to number one

21 Nov 2006

Gears of War Played On 20-Metre-High Screen... News

...at London's IMAX cinema. This is how it was meant to be played!

03 Nov 2006

Gears of War - No Pre-Release Demo News

You will have to wait till 'emergence' day

17 Oct 2006

Gears of War: Footage and First Impressions News

360 Killer App: Shakeycam Footage Inside

06 Oct 2006

Electronic Arts to use Unreal 3 Engine News

Epic's technology says hello to more money. Details inside.

21 Aug 2006

CliffyB Speaks Exclusively to SPOnG News

On new characters, beach volleyball and roadies.

10 Aug 2006

Gears of War Launches Same Day as PS3 News

Might we see fanboy riots on Oxford Street?

04 Aug 2006

Epic Unleashes Web-Beast. GOW Release Date Now Not Enough News

1,678,350 man hours in. Looks like a November release

03 Aug 2006

Epic: Gears of War Announcement Next Week News

Demo on Live expected

27 Jul 2006

Epic Uses Gigantic Font for Titanic Announcement Announcement. News

Absurd speculation ensues

26 Jul 2006

Cliff Bleszinski on Gears of War, Wii and More News

Epic’s Mr Bleszinski spills

22 May 2006

Gears of War for PC. Perhaps Before Xbox 360… News

But the textures…think of the textures…

24 May 2005

Unreal Championship 2 Bumped Till April News

Listen, the Midway release schedule is trying to tell us something...

14 Jan 2005

Bioware "Hard At Work" On Brand New, Unreal 3 Engine Powered I.P. News

KOTOR developers announce an unannounced title

17 Sep 2004

Atari snatches final opportunity to cash in on Unreal franchise News

Unreal Tournament 2004 Editor’s Choice Edition squeezed out before Christmas.

30 Jul 2004

Midway strikes Epic publishing deal to deliver Unreal games News

US publisher kicks open door to PC games market.

29 Jul 2004

New Unreal Engine Is A Reality News

Unreal 3.0 unveiled.

14 May 2004

Unreal Starts its Engines News

Latest polygon pusher shaping up nicely.

26 Jan 2004

Unreal Tournament 2004 slips to the year it should really come out in News

Epic in ‘more time needed’ no-shock

31 Oct 2003

Epic Games and Scion Studios to create exclusive games for Microsoft News

Titles TBA, Microsoft Game Studios to publish.

17 Sep 2003

First Unreal Tournament 2004 screens! News

FPS combat perfection reaches new heights.

06 Jun 2003

Desperate For A Frag? News

Let Unreal tournament 2004 provide your fix.

15 May 2003

Unreal Tournament 2004 heading to E3 News

Epic games to unleash new online shooter.

02 May 2003

Epic spawns! News

New developer to spring from Unreal loins.

23 Jan 2003

Unreal Tournament 2003 demo released News

It’s a generous one too!

16 Sep 2002

System specification revealed for Unreal Tournament 2003 News

And you don’t need to be a millionaire.

30 Aug 2002

Unreal Tournament 2003 creator gives conclusive update News

Full report inside.

21 Jun 2002

Epic responds to leaked Unreal Tournament demo News

Fetch the Plasma Rifle!

13 Jun 2002

Brand new Unreal Tournament 2003 screens unleashed! News

Infogrames fires a head-shot at id.

31 May 2002

B-Movies and Video Games Collide News

Ambitious German company reveals details on The Y-Project.

04 Feb 2002

Unreal Tournament Competition News

Holy Mother of Prizes!

15 Dec 2000

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