Hours After Sacking 900 Employees, Epic Games Announce Fortnite V-Bucks Price Rise

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Epic Games have stirred up a lot of controversy in the Fortnite community by announcing their plans to raise the cost of V Bucks the currency used in the popular battle Royale game. This price adjustment is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2023 and it will impact all platforms where Fortnite is accessible.


What adds a layer of contentiousness to this decision is its timing. Just hours prior to this announcement, Epic Games dropped another bombshell – they would be laying off a staggering 900 employees as part of a sweeping company-wide “restructuring” effort. These layoffs cut across all levels and departments, leaving a sour taste among Fortnite’s loyal player base.

The recent increase in prices has left Fortnite players feeling angry and frustrated. They perceive it as a display of greed and a failure to comprehend the difficulties faced by the gaming community, especially during a period when living expenses are on the rise.

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Fortnite V-Bucks price increase sparks outrage among players.

Epic Games Raises Fortnite V-Bucks Prices, Sparking Debate

Epic Games, on the other hand, has staunchly defended its move, asserting that the price increase is vital to “sustain the quality of the Fortnite experience.” The company maintains its commitment to delivering value to its player base and reassures that the heightened V-Bucks prices won’t impact the quantity or quality of in-game content.

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While the alterations in V-Bucks pricing may not appear seismic, they are discernible for players who frequently invest in the game. To put it into perspective, in the United States, the updated prices will look like this:

  • 1,000 V-Bucks: $8.99 (previously $7.99)
  • 2,800 V-Bucks: $22.99 (previously $19.99)
  • 5,000 V-Bucks: $36.99 (previously $31.99)
  • 13,500 V-Bucks: $89.99 (previously $79.99)

Additionally, certain content packs will also be affected by these price adjustments. However, it’s worth highlighting that the monthly subscription cost for the Fortnite Crew will remain unchanged.

Despite Epic Games explanations, there is an amount of skepticism, among the Fortnite community. Numerous players believe that this increase, in price primarily benefits the company’s gains and in the run will diminish the game’s sense of unity among its players.

Fortnite V-Bucks price hike sparks debate among players and employees, with some skeptics questioning Epic Games' intentions.
Fortnite V-Bucks price hike sparks debate among players and employees, with some skeptics questioning Epic Games’ intentions.

As prices continue to rise it becomes challenging to foresee the long-term effects on the Fortnite player community. Nevertheless, it is evident that this choice has already sparked a division, among players, which may potentially overshadow the game’s popularity.


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Moreover, the fact that this price hike coincides with the company laying off employees has raised suspicions about profit-oriented intentions and a perceived lack of understanding, between Epic Games and its player community.

As a result, Epic Games faces a challenging road ahead, where its responsiveness to player concerns and sentiments will be critical in preserving Fortnite’s long-term reputation in the gaming community.


What are your thoughts on this recent price increase? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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