Family holiday ruined after kids spend all the money on 65,000 V-Bucks in Fortnite - Dexerto

Family holiday ruined after kids spend all the money on 65,000 V-Bucks in Fortnite

Published: 16/Jun/2019 11:14 Updated: 16/Jun/2019 11:54

by Marcus Banks


A Reddit user has been left to count the cost after revealing a family holiday had been spoiled, with his niece and nephew using their savings to purchase Fortnite V-Bucks without his knowledge.

V-Bucks are the virtual currency used by Epic Games allowing players to purchase the various skins, harvesting tools and gliders that are released in the item shop, as well as each season’s battle pass and tiers.


Skins can start cheap at around 800 V-Bucks, worth roughly $10, but more extravagant designs can cost players at least $24.99 to add to their locker.

V-Bucks are used to purchase cosmetic items from the item shop which rotates daily.

Reddit user u/A_Sad_Frog was left to rue his decision to allow his young niece and nephew to use his PlayStation account after they acquired over 65,000 V-Bucks despite having a verification number linked to his payment card.


He revealed that the children had spent around $531 on his account, bypassing the security measure by topping up their PlayStation wallet before each purchase.

Posting on the popular ‘Today I Fucked Up’ subreddit, the regretful PlayStation owner explained: “All told, £422.90 ($531) had been siphoned out over a week, with most of the bombardment happening yesterday. By the time I got back into to account to assess the damage, 20,000 vbucks had already been spent. 

“I saw that the Playstation wallet can be topped up before each purchase, so they must have paid for it by first buying wallet currency, which apparently didn’t require a code.”


EPIC GAMESThe price of Fortnite skins make it easy to rack up a huge bill.

To make matters worse, the money was siphoned out of an account used by his girlfriend to save up for her family trip in the US – leaving her with virtually no spending money for the holiday.

He added: “I feel so terribly terribly guilty for putting my girlfriend in this situation, the kids are upset that they did it. We’re not a rich couple, and this one has hit us both pretty hard.”

Epic Games offer hope

Unfortunately for the family, the PlayStation store doesn’t offer protection against accidental purchases and the bank is unlikely to help either.


However, Epic Games may come to the rescue after community coordinator Sean ‘MrPopoTFS’ Hamilton responded to the Reddit thread asking the original poster to get in contact so they can help solve the problem.



As over 20,000 V-Bucks have already been spent, it remains to be seen whether the user will receive any of his money back as although the purchase wasn’t intended, many items are likely to have been bought using the funds.

For now, we can only hope to receive an update on the situation in the near future.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Epic Games
Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
Fortnite gameplay
Epic Games
Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.