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Fornite Raises In-Game Currency V-Bucks Prices in Multiple Countries

Fortnite, the popular battle royale game developed by Epic Games, is increasing the price of its in-game currency, V-Bucks, in several countries. The price hike, which is set to take effect on October 27th, will impact countries where V-Bucks are priced in US dollars, as well as countries such as the Czech Republic, Denmark, Eurozone countries, Hungary, Japan, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, and Turkey.

The increase in prices will only be applicable to bundles of V-Bucks, gifted battle passes, and content packs sold through the Fortnite store. The cost of the Fortnite Crew, the game's monthly subscription service that includes a monthly injection of V-Bucks, will remain unchanged.

Under the new pricing scheme, 1,000 V-Bucks will now cost $8.99, up from the previous price of $7.99. The price of 5,000 V-Bucks will increase from $31.99 to $36.99, and the 13,500 V-Bucks bundle will rise to $89.99 from $79.99.

The price adjustments are attributed to economic factors such as inflation and currency fluctuations, similar to previous price increases in the UK, Canada, and Mexico in July. However, the timing of this announcement coincides with the recent news that Epic Games will be laying off more than 800 employees, representing around 16% of its workforce. These job cuts were deemed necessary to achieve “financial sustainability” and were prompted by lower than anticipated revenue for Fortnite, as well as the company's investments in the metaverse and the rise of “lower margin” creator content.

Sources:
– Fortnite Raises V-Bucks Prices in Multiple Countries
– Epic Games Announces Job Cuts and “Financial Sustainability” Efforts