Fortnite players know no bounds when it comes to spending money on emotes.
As you can imagine, Epic Games’ Fortnite makes an unthinkable amount of money, and generated over $200 million in March alone. The title is free to play, but the income is generated through microtransactions. Those are Battle Passes and V-bucks used to buy in-game cosmetics. Even with that knowledge, a number like 200 million still seems wildly steep for a F2P battle royale title. So, just how many players contribute to the game’s monetary success?
Interestingly, a student loan platform known as LendEDU surveyed 1,000 Fortnite players and asked about their in-game spending habits. It was revealed that 68.8%, or 688 of the 1,000, have spent around $85 each. That means that between those 688 players, they alone have raked in over $52,000. Woah.
Additionally, 589 of those surveyed noted that they spent their money on cosmetics alone. Things like skins, weapon skins, emotes, gliders and more. It’s no wonder why Epic Games releases so many regular updates when the newly added cosmetics are biggest money makers.
Unsurprisingly, over 36% of the Fortnite players say that this is the first game they have spent actual money on for locked content. Of course, this is great for Epic Games, but more than likely a big hit to other developers who are slammed time and time again for the addition of microtransactions, loot boxes, and the like. As you can imagine, a large number of players also admitted to ditching class in order to play the game. While there is already the age-old concern about kids playing too many video games, now it seems that college-age adults also have a problem cutting the proverbial cord.
Fortnite is free to play now on iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. An Android release is planned for later this year.