The trial between Epic Games and Apple has been revealing a series of legal documents that, among other things, showed that Epic paid $146 million for the temporary six-month exclusivity of Borderlands 3 on PC.
Court documents released as part of the currently ongoing Apple v Epic Games trial have revealed that Epic paid $146 million to secure Borderlands 3 as an Epic Games Store Exclusive on PC for an exclusive timed window of six months.
As advanced by GameDiscoverCo’s Simon Carless, Epic paid borderlands 3 publisher $115 million for exclusive pc distribution rights for six months. To this figure, Epic added $11 million for the Borderlands Handsome Collection and $20 million for Civilization VI, in a deal dubbed the “Fully Loaded Borderlands 3 Deal”.
As we can see from the information shared in the Tweet, Epic recovered the cost of the $80 million minimum payment guarantee in just two weeks and still managed to make a profit of $9.2 million in sales. During the exclusive period, 1.56 million people played Borderlands 3 through Epic Games, 53% debuted on the platform.
Both Epic and gearbox studio were heavily criticized for the game’s exclusivity. Although it was eventually released on Steam, the exclusive period at Epic Games helped bring many new users to the Epic Games Store.