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How Much Does the Average Fortnite Player Spend on In-Game Purchases?

Published: 4/Jul/2018 17:20 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Calum Patterson


New research shows just how Epic Games is generating those eye-watering revenue figures every month, with their innovative in-game purchases model driving engagement.

Fortnite Battle Royale is an entirely free-to-play game. It is free to download, every weapon is free and you don’t even need to pay for PlayStation Plus to play with friends online on the console – but Epic Games are still raking in record breaking amounts of money.

In May alone, estimates place the total revenue from Fortnite to be $318 million – a staggering amount for any game, let alone a completely free one.

Fortnite makes its money in a similar way to many of its contemporaries, with ‘in-game’ purchases. Items like character skins, back bling, gliders and emotes all cost real money in the form of ‘V-bucks’ to purchase.

But how Fortnite differs from many of its rivals, is that paying customers do not rely on chance. There are no ‘loot boxes’ or ‘supply drops’, buzzwords associated with the increasing monetization of gaming. 

Instead, players can simply select the item they want to buy, pay for it and it is theirs, with no lucky dip involved. Players are incentivized to purchase items as soon as they become available due to the ‘daily items’ system, with items up for sale changing each day.

Couple this with players always wanting to have the newest skin or emote, and fans are going wild for every new item added. Research done by LendEDU shows that a Fortnite player will spend an average of $84.67.


  • 68.8% of Fortnite players have spent money on in-game purchases
  • Amongst Fortnite spenders, the average amount of money they spent was $84.67
  • For 36.78% of Fortnite spenders, this game is the first time they have made in-game purchases
  • 25.3% of Fortnite players pay for subscriptions on Twitch, a streaming service that enables them to subscribe to watch other people play Fortnite

You can view the full survey results in more detail from LendEDU here.


Fortnite World Cup winner Aqua banned from FNCS by Epic Games

Published: 25/Oct/2020 14:44

by Theo Salaun


Fortnite World Cup champion David ‘aqua’ Wang has been banned by Epic Games, following controversy over alleged stream sniping against FNCS opponents.

Aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, were accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.

Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.

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A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.

Aqua banned by Epic Games

On October 25, aqua confirmed that his account had been banned from competitive, with Epic Games simply providing the reason as “other.”

Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by participating past the first match of the Finals. 

It was never officially legitimized and has since been made even more unclear by responses from some of the involved parties.

After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”

Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.

Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.

As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy simply joked about the incident.


At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.

We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.