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Fortnite Announces Price Increase for In-Game Currency V-Bucks

Epic Games, the creator of popular video game Fortnite, has announced that it will be increasing the prices of V-Bucks, the game's virtual in-game currency. V-Bucks are used by players to purchase cosmetic items such as character and weapon skins.

The price increase will affect several countries, including the United States, Eurozone countries, Japan, Sweden, and Poland. Epic Games cited economic factors such as inflation and currency fluctuations as the reasons for the adjustment. They have already raised prices in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Mexico.

The extent of the price increases depends on the amount of V-Bucks being purchased. In the United States, the cost of a basic bundle of 800 V-Bucks will rise from $7.99 to $8.99, while the largest pack of 13,500 V-Bucks will increase from $79.99 to $89.99.

Epic Games made this announcement shortly before confirming large-scale layoffs. The company laid off 830 employees, which accounts for about 16% of its workforce. Additionally, they divested from two previously acquired companies, resulting in another 250 job losses.

While the price increase for V-Bucks may be disappointing for Fortnite fans, it is important to note that these cosmetic items are optional and do not affect gameplay. Epic Games has previously generated significant revenue from V-Bucks sales, particularly with licensed skins from popular brands like Marvel and the NFL.

As inflation continues to impact various industries and consumers worldwide, it is not uncommon for companies to adjust prices to adapt to changing economic circumstances. Fortnite players will need to consider these price increases when making their future in-game purchases.

Sources: Fortnite blog