Epic Games Inc said the business is valued at $17.3 billion after completing a new round of funding. The deal makes Epic the fifth-most-valuable technology startup in the US.
The Cary, North Carolina-based company said the total size of the financing was $1.78 billion. That includes investments from Baillie Gifford, funds managed by BlackRock Inc, Fidelity Investments and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
The number also contains last month’s $250 million investment from Sony Corp and purchases from employee equity holders.
Bloomberg reported in April that Epic, which also owns a widely used set of game development tools called the Unreal Engine, was seeking investments at a value of more than $15 billion.
By June, as the effects of the coronavirus pandemic boosted demand for video games, the valuation had reached about $17 billion.
With the funds secured, Epic is now more valuable than the likes of DoorDash Inc and Instacart Inc, two food delivery companies that have also benefited from pandemic-related spending.
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Epic only trails Stripe Inc, Space Exploration Technologies Corp, Palantir Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc in the US, according to technology market research firm CB Insights.