Fortnite Discounts the Price of V-Bucks, Adds New Mobile Payment Method

Fortnite Discounts the Price of V-Bucks, Adds New Mobile Payment Method

The mobile discount circumvents Apple and Google's 30% transaction fee.

In Fortnite's Battle Royale and Save the World modes, V-Bucks are used for purchasing new character outfits, harvesting tools, weapon skins, and much more. Today, Epic Games announced that they're permanently discounting the cost of V-Bucks by 20% on all platforms.

This includes (deep breath) PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android devices. You don't need to do anything to receive the discount on V-Bucks, and this isn't a limited time offer. According to a blog post on the Epic Games website, this is a change to V-Buck prices that's here to stay.

If you're after the discount on mobile devices though, there's a bit of a catch. When paying for V-Bucks on Android or iOS devices, you'll have the option to pay either directly to Epic Games, therefore receiving the 20% discount, or pay through Apple or Google, where you won't get the discount.

Fortnite's new discount in action. | Epic Games

This is because both Apple and Google collect a 30% fee on all mobile payments, which Epic has recently called "exorbitant" in a press FAQ about the new V-Bucks discount. The new discount system offers Epic Games a bypass to the 30% market fee from Apple and Google, hence why they're discounting V-Buck purchases made to Epic directly by 20% on mobile to make it more enticing.

The discount works on all V-Buck bundles of any price. For example, the previous cost of a 1,000 V-Buck bundle was $9.99, but that's now reduced to $7.99. If you opt to pay through Apple or Google on mobile, you'll still need to shell out $9.99 for the bundle.

The new Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe. | Epic Games

To mark the occasion, Epic is giving away the Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe to all Fortnite players. You can see the pickaxe just above, stylized like the comet you can currently earn on level 90 of the Season 3 Battle Pass.

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