Epic Games, the developer behind Fortnite: Battle Royale, is looking to expand into Australia and New Zealand.
Tony Reed, CEO of Game Developers Association of Australia (GDAA) has resigned from the company to help establish the game developer’s growth in these new countries. He announced the news at the Game Connect Asia Pacific (GCAP) conference.
Reed’s exact involvement with Epic Games hasn’t been revealed as of yet, nor have the plans for the company’s expansion been detailed.
Here’s what Reed said at the event regarding his departure: “Every year at GCAP I take a moment to reflect… This year takes me all the way back to 2009, before I took over the GDAA and I took over GCAP. I said at the time – and I believed this at the time – that I would stay for a maximum of ten years.
“I believed strongly at the time that every association, every industry body, should have a change of ownership – fresh eyes, and fresh ideas, and new approaches. And the thing is, I was right. So a few weeks ago, I resigned as the chief executive of the GDAA, and this will be my last GCAP as your host.”
Epic Games just received a significant $1.25 billion (£976 million) investment from a recent funding round. New investors include KKR, ICONIQ Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Esports Insider says: It’s hard to get too excited when no real details have been released, but Oceania has something to look forward to with the developer of the moment looking to establish itself in the region.