Epic Games’ Fortnite has reportedly earned more money in 2018 than the nine-least profitable countries put together.
Epic Games’ Fortnite is reported to have earned more money in 2018 than the nine least-profitable countries put together. Covered by Techcrunch, the free-to-play Battle Royale title supposedly made $3 billion this year, increasing Epic Games valuation to $15 billion. If this is true, then Fortnite will have made more money than 29 countries did in 2017 according to DualShockers.
Although Fortnite is free-to-play, gamers spend a lot of real-life money on cosmetics, weapons, and celebrations that have since become the worst thing in football since Peter Crouch’s infamous robot dance. With Epic Games’ colourful title becoming the hottest video game property, it’s no surprise that Activision, EA and even Rockstar have tried to piggyback off their success by implementing (or planning to) Battle Royale modes in Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4, Battlefield V, and Red Dead Redemption 2.
As noted by DualShockers, Fortnite’s income is likely to increase with the launch of season seven and the latest Battle Pass. With the Hunger Games cartoon being a never-ending extravaganza, it will likely dominate the industry again in 2019 and break even more records. While the developers will be rubbing their hands together with glee, this could be bad for gamers as it could potentially result in overpriced microtransactions being introduced in even more full-priced titles, including ones that are single-player only.
Although Epic Games have not commented on how much they have earned with Fortnite, there’s no denying their Battle Royale property is the most popular game worldwide. It has changed the industry with esteemed companies like Activision, EA and Rockstar trying to copy their success, but here’s hoping it doesn’t result in more microtransactions and other anti-consumer business practices being implemented with publishers insisting that they must be able to compete financially. That and we don’t want EA and others to continue believing that single-player games are dead.
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