Teens are putting virtual money on ‘Fortnite’


Fortnite,” a multiplayer-last-man-standing type game, has exponentially grown in popularity since its Battle Royale mode launched in September 2017. The game’s creator, Epic Games, recently told Business Insider that “Fortnite hack” has amassed more than 200 million registered accounts.

While the game itself is free to play, players can use V-Bucks to purchase cosmetic items and unlock features in “Fortnite.” Yet the digital currency is a hot commodity — players spend more than $200 million a month on V-Bucks.

Players can earn currency by playing “Fortnite,” but the rate of return is pretty low. V-Bucks can be bought within the game — the going rate in $10 for 1,000 V-Bucks. To put it in perspective, an outfit for a “Fortnite” characters usually costs between 500 and 1,500 V-Bucks.


The popularity of the game — and its minimum user age of 12 — has unfortunately made “Fortnite” players targets for scammers. Thousands of websites have popped up, luring in players with promises of free V-Bucks in order to access users’ personal information.

The easiest way to buy V-Bucks as a gift is going to be with a gift card for whatever gaming console your gift receiver uses — Xbox, PlayStation, etc. Players can redeem gift cards in the system’s devoted store for “Fortnite” V-Bucks.


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