Fortnite is wildly popular, and Epic has been keen to monetize hype for the battle royale game as much as possible. Despite earning more money than some countries do, Epic is always searching for new revenue streams to keep player engagement. This is particularly the case now, with the ongoing legal battle between Epic and Apple. The latest of these looks to be a Fortnite subscription service to the game. This is according to players who have received surveys from Epic gauging interest in various ideas. While nothing is set in stone yet, a subscription-based service could be a good fit for Fortnite, and they are becoming an attractive alternative to standard microtransactions in free to play games.
Good Value, Or An Epic Waste Of Money?
Epic has not confirmed a Fortnite subscription service yet, but we do have some details. Bear in mind however that as Epic is still gathering feedback from gamers, and none of this is set in stone. It does give us an idea of what to expect though. The Fortnite subscription would have varying levels of price, ranging from $13.99 to $18.99. The subscriptions available would range from discounts on cosmetic items to weekly or monthly V-bucks based on how much you pay. This doesn’t seem too bad, and the prices are fairly reasonable. With battle passes already available however this feels like an extra layer of complexity that may turn some people off.
Is A Fortnite Subscription Really Necessary?
?Fortnite "Monthly Crew Pack" Leak?
In a recent survey Epic Games has sent out, this image can be seen:
With the image users are being quizzed on how they would rate the monthly subscription service.
— FireMonkey • Fortnite Intel (@iFireMonkey) November 7, 2020
I’m not against a Fortnite subscription, but I’m not sure this is the right choice. There are a lot of younger players on Fortnite, who rely on their parents for their in-game spending money. With battle passes already available, adding a monthly subscription risks confusing parents who often have little interest or knowledge of the game. It’s interesting as a microtransaction alternative, but I suspect most players willing to buy a subscription would just buy microtransactions anyway. This may all turn out to be speculative market research which never ends up being released too. We’ll just have to wait and see. For now, you can find the survey in question above.
Would you want to see a Fortnite subscription service? Let me know in the comments below!