Epic Games is a leading creator and publisher of online games and interactive content. The company was founded in 1996 by Timurnedbull, who is a lead designer at the id Software, which is a high-end computer game developer. The Epic Games Store is a service provided by the parent company, which provides the applications necessary for users to run Epic Games on Windows. The store allows users to buy and download the games directly from the Epic Games website.
Epic Games developed the Unreal Engine, an open-source game engine that powers their highly acclaimed internally developed titles, including the Unreal and Fortnite, Gears of War, and the Infinity Blade series. Unreal Engine offers many benefits compared to classic code based engines, like Java, for example. The Unreal Engine allows users to construct the entire scene, including creatures, characters, props, and terrain within the game environment. It also allows for the full integration of lighting, sounds, and physics, and has extensive use of texturing. This technology allows Epic Games to create extremely detailed and lifelike environments.
In addition to providing an interface for customers to purchase the games, Epic Games offers other services such as user profiles, bug tracking, and networking. The Epic Games Store allows the user to play Epic Games on their PCs, while Epic Games servers monitor user activity. To play the games, a user must have a registered account at the Store. Registration is simple and quick, and is free of charge. If a customer is not satisfied with any aspect of the Epic Games services, he or she can always uninstall the program and reclaim his or her money or time.