Where do kids find money to play Fortnite?

Wyatt Ko

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April 21, 2020

Fortnite battle royale has been released for well over a year and has not diminished in popularity ever since.

The number of players since the game released has been recorded to about 145 million people worldwide. According to Statista, Fortnite a free to play game made $5.3 million in the first 10 days of release.

Now the question arises, how did they do this?

Fortnite and its battlepass based cosmetics system has been the sole source of this income. Each battlepass is about $10 and what does it do? Nothing. The battlepass does not do anything to improve the gameplay at all, all it does is it gives the players a way to change the way that their character looks like in game. This is not an instant purchase either, this battlepass only unlocks the ability to gain these cosmetics through a series of challenges that the player must complete. What kind of effect does this have on children?

Everywhere high school students travel they will hear talk about Fortnite in some aspect. Fortnite has become the sole focus of teenagers and children alike and it is alarming. When children are not seen playing Fortnite, they are typically seen watching other players play, and in some cases the children are watching someone else play the game while trying to play themselves!

Fortnite was designed to appeal to teenagers and young children and at these ages the player base has no way to generate their own income. So where does this money come from? The parents of the teenagers and children that play Fortnite. The money is spent by people who have no real understanding of how economics work while the people who work and earn the money are watching everything that they worked for disappear into nothing. This is setting up the children of the new generation to fail in life when they grow up. If they grow up learning that it is okay to spend mass amounts of money on something that does not really exist (skins, emotes, etc…) then they will think that it is okay to continue this habit that they have created, and it will most likely financially ruin them as they grow up.