Epic Games Store Giveaways Total Over $2K

PCGamesN busted out a calculator to figure out the value of all the games given away for free on the Epic Games Store during their promotional freebies spree. This added up quickly, as we are surprised to see the retail value of all these giveaways comes to more than USD$2,000. Here's word:
We added up the full list of 108 free games that Epic’s had on offer since launch, using the regular sale price of the base versions of each game – the versions of the software that have been offered as the freebies, basically. Sure, some of these games have been available deeply discounted or free elsewhere, but we’re going with the non-sale price as a rough gauge of how valuable each title is.

All together, from Subnautica to Grand Theft Auto V this week, the total value of the free games the Epic Games Store has given away is $2,140.94 USD. That’s equivalent to £1,768.83, although the total value in pounds is probably a bit different due to regional pricing variations.
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RedEye9 wrote on May 18, 2020, 13:18:
jamiedj99 wrote on May 18, 2020, 11:54:
I betcha its all claimed as tax right offs
On what grounds? Huh

Business expenses. Pretty sure they make an itemized deduction but group the totals for each game into a single line-item (e.g.

$15,000 - Amnesia: The Dark Descent
07,800 - For The King
06,500 - Wheels of Aurelia
45,000 - Just Cause 4 -
21,000 - Close to the Sun
17,500 - Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
05,700 - Drawful 2
08,700 - Gone Home
13,750 - Hob
06,860 - Totally Reliable Delivery Service
16,435 - World War Z
05,493 - Torment x Punisher
04,383 - Figment
03,482 - The Stanley Parable
22,438 - Watch Dogs

...and so forth)

Perhaps, they're doing this on purpose for two reasons. 1. Build the Epic Game Stores brand, user base, and portfolio. 2. Legal tax write-offs. If #2 is the primary reason, Epic won't be able to keep doing this forever. At some point, taking year-over-year losses will catch the attention of the IRS.
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