Tim Sweeney
United States
2018

Epic Games

Tim
Sweeney

Founder / CEO

The man behind the global phenomenon “Fortnite” could rest on that achievement alone, as the free multi-platform game captivated an entire generation and became a household name since its 2017 release, with over 125 million players. Sweeney’s influence, though, goes beyond that. With the formation of Epic Games, he created the Unreal Engine to power only one game, “Unreal,” in 1998, not realizing it would boom and be co-opted for architecture, movies and car design. Sweeney made headlines this year when he cut Epic’s royalties from the digital storefront Unreal Engine Marketplace, giving creators an 88 percent share of profits. He also shook things up by deciding to bypass Google Play Store and release “Fortnite” directly to Android users—a game-changing move, indeed.

Career

  • Epic Games
  • Fortnite
  • UNREAL Engine

Education

  • University of Maryland (Maryland, USA)

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Tim Sweeney Introduces Android 'Fortnite' During Samsung Unpacked Event

Tim Sweeney Introduces Android 'Fortnite' During Samsung Unpacked Event

Mass media obsession "Fortnite" is available on select Samsung Android phones now, but other Android phone owners will have to wait until later this month to download and play the battle royale game on their devices, Epic Games president Tim Sweeney said today from Samsung's Galaxy Unpacked 2018 event.The news hit alongside details of the company's latest phone: The Galaxy Note 9, an updated Note 8 with the S9's dual-aperture camera, more memory and an upgraded S Pen.Owners of Samsung's...

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