The Epic Games Store today shared some impressive numbers regarding its growth in 2020, boasting over 160 million customers and a triple-digit increase in daily active users among many others. The company officially confirmed that its weekly free game promotion will continue in 2021, which is currently offering Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition for free.
Epic Games Store now touts over 160 million customers, a number that was 108 million this time last year. On average, 31.3 million users are logging into the store every day, a 192% increase from last year, while the highest concurrent user peak was at 13 million. The monthly active user number has grown drastically too, with December 2020 seeing 56 million players over December 2019's 32 million.
The massive injection of users has also translated to higher numbers of purchases and playtime. PC users spent over $700 million on the Epic Games Store in 2020, with $265 million (37%) of that heading towards third-party games. Meanwhile, users have spent over 5.70 billion hours playing Epic Games Store titles in 2020 compared to the 3.35 billion in 2019, a 70% increase.
Epic Games also pointed out that the store's number of games available for sale grew from 190 in 2019 to 471 in 2020. 103 of these games had come through the popular freebie promotion, and over 749 million copies of them had been claimed by users.
Interestingly, to further speed up the new game launch progress, the company plans to implement self-publishing tools for developers, with it saying:
We’re going to rapidly expand the catalog of new titles available on the Epic Games Store even further by providing developers with self-publishing tools for the EGS Platform and we’ll be releasing details on those specific plans soon.
Epic has delivered features such as wishlists, modding support for select games, self-service refunds, and offline sign-in to its store in 2020 alongside "substantial infrastructure changes that have not been in plain view for our PC customers to see." As for what's incoming in 2021, Epic says it is giving priority to features that are more community-orientated such as overhauled social elements, wishlist improvements, achievements, player profiles, and perhaps even a shopping cart.