The strange economics of Fortnite’s Battle Pass is worth talking about
Fortnite’s Battle Pass costs 950 V-Bucks, which makes the $9.99 V-Buck bundle the least expensive way to buy one of the best in-game items in the industry. Fortnite’s economy is straightforward; it’s not based on random drops or loot boxes, and the purchase of the Battle Pass makes the entire season more enjoyable to play due to the weekly challenges and content unlocks. I can’t recommend it enough, even if you’re just a casual fan of Fortnite.
But it’s also a bit of a bet on the part of Epic Games, as the company is really hoping you’re going to buy something else after you buy the Battle Pass. If you don’t, the pass can actually make you money. And the only thing you have to do is play.
THE BATTLE PASS GIVES YOU MORE CURRENCY THAN YOU SPEND ON IT
This tactic is like many parts of Fortnite: Kinda nice, but also brutal once you think about it.
The Battle Pass costs 950 V-Bucks, and you unlock new skins, gliders, sprays and emotes as you play and gain levels. The Battle Pass has 100 levels total per season, and 13 of those levels reward you with 100 V-Bucks.
So if you finish the entire Battle Pass — which isn’t a hard task if you stay up on your challenges and play even a moderate amount — you’ll end up with 1,300 V-Bucks, which is 350 more V-Bucks than you spent on the pass to begin with, and is more than enough to buy the next season pass.