As it prepares to face Apple in court over App Store costs, Epic Games has acquired ArtStation, an online marketplace for digital artists. the companies announced. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“The ArtStation leadership team brings tremendous talent and an unparalleled track record in supporting a vibrant community and ecosystem of creators,” Marc Petit, Epic Games vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with them to give creators access to even more resources and tools so they can do their best.”
Founded in 2014, ArtStation is a popular portfolio site for professional gaming and entertainment artists. ArtStation artists can also sell their work on the site, and Epic plans to cut seller fees, putting more money in creators’ pockets. Standard rates go from 30 percent to 12 percent, and for ArtStation Pro members, fees are cut from 20 percent to 8 percent and 5 percent for self-promotion.
ArtStation will continue to operate “as an independent brand platform”, and are Learn ArtStation The section, which has a library of educational videos, will be free for the rest of 2021.
“You can still use the platform as you do now, and we remain open to all creators in a variety of industries, both 2D and 3D, including those who don’t use Unreal Engine,” wrote Leonard Teo, CEO of ArtStation in a blog post. “We are going to actively hire and expand the ArtStation team. We are committed to improving the platform and now, as part of Epic, we can do a lot more. Leo added that Epic’s Unreal Engine team has been a strong supporter of the platform, with Epic giving ArtStation one of his mega rants last year at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.