Fortnite Has Amassed A Whopping $1 Billion From In-Game Purchases

Color us all shocked. 

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Fortnite is insanely popular, as we all know. That's no secret. But did you realize it had earned over $1 billion so far via in-game purchases? People have bought so many things in Fortnite that they've racked up a billion dollars in revenue, according to a new report via market research firm Superdata.

Fortnite: Battle Royale doesn't cost a thing to jump in and play, so folks are spending all their cash on Battle Passes and cosmetics, which is a pretty scary thing to think about. Epic Games is swimming in cash that folks spend on things that, for the most part, don't really change anything about their gaming sessions.

The report includes revenue across all of Fortnite's platforms as well, including both console and mobile versions, noting that, unsurprisingly, battle royale games have become indubitably the most popular game genre across all platforms, for better or for worse.

But there's a silver lining here for creators in addition to Epic Games, especially since the company previously increased the revenue share split for creators utilizing the Unreal Engine Marketplace and attributed the ability to do so to Fortnite's undeniable success. The growth is good news for everyone, but it sure is something to behold, especially when we're out here struggling to make it on minimum wage or better out here in the real world. Still, you've gotta hand it to Epic Games for really bringing it with this kind of success. It looks like we'll be seeing far more from the Fortnite train for months, if not years, to come. 

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    July 18, 2018 4:18 PM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Fortnite Has Amassed A Whopping $1 Billion From In-Game Purchases

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      July 18, 2018 5:17 PM

      I wonder how the Switch version is doing for them.

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        July 18, 2018 5:54 PM

        It was downloaded 2 million times during the week of E3. Probably doing pretty good?

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          July 18, 2018 6:14 PM

          I'd say that's pretty decent I guess. It's no iFart but I hope they are getting by.

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      July 18, 2018 6:09 PM

      Can confirm, my son spent 50 of his birthday money on skins. He'd have spent all of his money if I didn't slow his roll.

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        July 18, 2018 11:01 PM

        Both of mine spent money on thus stuff. One has the astronaut suit fish and the other the dinosaur lady complete with pterodactyl glider.

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          July 18, 2018 11:01 PM

          The hatching dinosaur egg backpack ties the whole thing together perfectly.

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      July 18, 2018 6:11 PM

      Holy crap. Does anyone know how that compares to tf2 in its hay day?

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      July 18, 2018 6:26 PM

      I watched my nephew play this game and saw nothing that intrigued me. It's official, I'm an old fart.

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      July 18, 2018 6:40 PM

      One BILLION ?

      that can't be correct...

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        July 18, 2018 6:45 PM

        125m players, 40m monthly active users. Not hard to get to $1bn in revenue from there.

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        July 18, 2018 7:12 PM

        I've dropped like $50 on V-Bucks and I never but in to shit like this. But damnit I needed that lollipop axe!

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      July 18, 2018 8:43 PM

      Goddamn

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      July 18, 2018 11:18 PM

      Sooo.. How's pubg doing these days?

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        July 18, 2018 11:24 PM

        It's still going fine. It's not the powerhouse it used to be, but it's not dead in the water like the Culling. Because it takes a more realistic approach, it's keeping the draw from the more ''core'' gamers, whereas Fortnite's crowd is grabbing at the edge of those that might have only played Candy Crush before.

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      July 19, 2018 3:31 AM

      Was talking to my friend's 17 year old son last weekend. He said he's spent $800 on Fortnite. When I described skins as "the digital version of playing dress up doll" he got a little mad.

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        July 19, 2018 4:45 PM

        I see guys in Path of Exile every day wearing hundreds of dollars worth of skins with hundreds more in effects and pets.

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      July 19, 2018 5:00 AM

      Where are all those people who were mocking Fortnite for ripping off PUBG now?

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        July 19, 2018 5:17 AM

        fortnite still gets a lot of hate from non fans. there must be dozens of them.

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        July 19, 2018 5:35 AM

        Rest assured this will only fan their flames of hate

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      July 19, 2018 5:21 AM

      Epic has definitely done a good job with monetizing the game.

      The battle pass is a great value for people that enjoy playing and encourages them to keep playing. You can easily earn enough vbucks to pay for the next seasons battle pass with regular play.

      They make high quality, desirable cosmetics that aren’t behind loot boxes.

      The rotating schedule in the shops and the skin profession for certain skins helps keep some of them more rare and unique.

      It’s really no surprise that it’s successful. They are basically doing everything right.

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        July 19, 2018 6:02 AM

        I love that I can keep buying Battle Passes with the V-Bucks I earn from the previous season. I’m not really into the skins, so I’ve only put $10 into the game and have received a ridiculous amount of value.