Fortnite Drops V-Bucks Prices, Undercutting Google and Apple Royalties

Fortnite's V-Bucks prices went down 20% permanently on Thursday.
Fortnite's V-Bucks prices went down 20% permanently on Thursday. | Courtesy of Epic Games

Epic Games announced plans Thursday to permanently reduce the price of V-Bucks by up to 20% on all platforms. Users on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, and PC will receive the discounts automatically, while users on iOS and Android will need to use an Epic Games direct payment option when checking out.

This Epic direct payment option allows Epic Games to avoid paying the royalty charges that both the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store enforce. Both platforms take a 30% cut on all in-app purchases, changes in which Epic Games will account for with future price adjustments.

Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney has been a vocal opponent of these royalty charges for years.

Fortnite players who purchased V-Bucks between July 14 and Aug. 13 will receive an additional 20% of their order to make up for purchasing just before the discount went into effect. All active Fortnite players will also receive the Shooting Starstaff Pickaxe.