Epic Games acquires leading artist platform ArtStation

Epic Games has acquired ArtStation, the most popular platform for artists and designers in video games, film and other entertainment media.

Announcing the news, ArtStation wrote in a press release that it has received massive support from Epic Games since its launch in 2014, especially from the company’s Unreal Engine team. The platform is popular among video game artists, who often publish their portfolios on the website. Gamers have enjoyed an in-depth look at the art behind some of the greatest video games over the years.

The press release goes on to say:

Last year, at the first peak of the pandemic, Epic committed to backing us with a Megagrant, which helped tremendously during an uncertain period. Through our partnership, we witnessed Epic’s deep respect for the ArtStation community and shared the same mission of empowering creators. It became clear that by joining forces we would have a much greater impact.

ArtStation remains an independent brand platform owned by Epic Games and will continue its mission of empowering creators to thrive. 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. 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.

Meanwhile, Sony Corporation has made a significant investment in Epic Games and acquired a minority stake in the company.