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Tim Sweeney was born in 1970 in Potomac, Maryland, USA, and is a computer game programmer, best known as a founder of Epic Games and creator of such games as ZZT, Unreal, Gears of War, and Infinity Blade. Tim was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2012, while with his colleague Mark Rein, he was named Development Legends at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards in 2013. His career started in 1991.
Have you ever wondered how rich Tim Sweeney is, as of early 2017? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Sweeney’s net worth is as high as $75 million, an amount earned through his successful career as a programmer and IT developer.
Tim Sweeney Net Worth $75 Million
Tim Sweeney grew up in Maryland with his two older brothers, and first saw video games at the age of ten – Space Invaders and Space Firebird. His first home console was an Atari 2600, as was a common case in the ‘80s, and the game called Adventure was his favourite. Sweeney was never actually an avid gamer, and to this day he finished only Doom and Portal, while he skipped the games such as Final Fantasy and Zelda. Tim was more interested in creating games than playing them.
He wasn’t very social during his elementary and high schools, and other kids thought that Tim wasn’t “cool” enough to hang with them. Sweeney wasn’t an excellent student as he didn’t try much in school, and his grades were average. When he was 11, Tim went to California to visit his older brother’s company and spent a lot of time with him, programming in BASIC on his brand new IBM PC.
Sweeney was impressed with the computer, and when his brother bought an Apple II to their father, Tim was the one who used it, and it played a key role in making him a video game developer.
By the age of 15, Tim became a solid programmer and a few years later his father bought him the 286 IBM computer, and Sweeney started creating the game called ZZT. In the meantime, Tim enrolled at the University of Maryland, where he studied mechanical engineering, but in 1991, he released ZZT as a shareware game, which resulted in him making around $100 per day. He also established the company called Epic MegaGames, which he ran from his parent’s house, and his next game was Jill of the Jungle, which helped Tim to increase his net worth significantly with 20-30 orders per day. He then decided to expand his company, and hired other developers who went on to create such cult games as Unreal Engine, Unreal Tournament, Fortnite, Shadow Complex, and Paragon. Tim’s net worth w.as well established
At the moment, Epic Games has numerous subsidiaries, including Chair Entertainment, and Epic Games in Seattle, UK, Berlin, Japan, Korea and China. The company currently has 250 employees.
Regarding his personal life, Tim Sweeney’s most intimate details such as marital status and the number of children are unknown, as he successfully manages to keep them out of the public eye. He will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2017.