What can you buy through real money?
As in many other games, Fortnite offers: Battle Royale in-game purchases. This is understandable, as the game has a base price of 0 € on all available platforms. However, developer Epic Games does not want Fortnite to be a pay-to-win game, so all in-game purchases in Fortnite have no advantages in Player versus Player mode.
To buy the most items in Fortnite, the player must buy V-Bucks in the real-money in-game store. Therefore, V-Bucks are the so-called premium / real money currency in Fortnite. A player can buy up to 10,000 V-Bucks for a whopping 100 €, starting at 1,000 V-Bucks for 10 €.
Items such as personalization items for heroes, gliders or pickaxes, the player can buy in the in-game store for hundreds or thousands of V-bucks. The different items have different rarities and can also be available for a limited time.
The Battle Pass
Very popular is the so-called Battle Pass, which is available to players in each season and must be purchased for V-Bucks. The last season with Battle Pass (Season 3) lasted about two months. The Battle Pass in Season 4 costs 950 V-Bucks, so a converted price of about 10 €. To do this, Fortnite: Battle Royale must be started and the player must then open the Battle Pass Tab, where he can choose between the Battle Pass or Battle Pass package.
The Battle Pass offers some cosmetic items for the players. In addition, the Battle Pass has up to 100 rewards at 100 different levels, which the player can unlock by playing or using V-Bucks. Not to mention, the player gets some items immediately upon purchase, so he can equip them directly and show them to other players in the Fortnite world.
For each level up you get rewards such as experience points, sprays, V-Bucks, and much more. The total value of the Battle Pass is of course much higher than the starting price of V-Bucks once you reach a level high enough. Players can also level up without a Battle Pass, and if you buy the Battle Pass afterwards you will get all the rewards back to the current level with retrospective effect.
That is, as long as you buy the Battle Pass during the season, you are definitely on the safe side. The in-game purchases are the same on every platform and can be paid by all major payment methods including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and Yandex.
A successful and profitable model
The Epic Games model is quite successful, as the target group likes to spend money on the many different items. Fortnite has spent over $ 100 million in the Apple Store in just 90 days. That’s an insanely high number, considering that the items you get are all just virtual. However, no one is forced to make the purchases, everything is on a completely voluntary basis.
Everyone knows that the items you buy do not have any benefits or a deeper meaning. Nevertheless, you can of course specify in front of friends and opponents and miss his characters a change of scenery. Especially with strictly limited items, it can happen that you buy items, just to own them, because you are one of the few owned by the possession of the strictly limited item.
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