North Carolina-based company said the total size of the financing was $1.78 billion

Epic Games Inc., the video game company behind Fortnite, 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 U.S.

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.

Fortnite has been an influential force in games and culture over the last few years with more than 350 million players as of April.

Fortnite has been an influential force in games and culture over the last few years with more than 350 million players as of April. (Photo: Epic Games Inc.)

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 vbucks generator 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. Epic only trails Stripe Inc., Space Exploration Technologies Corp., Palantir Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. in the U.S., according to technology market research firm CB Insights.