A TikTok video of a mom finding her child purchased over 49,000 V-Bucks in Fortnite went viral this week, raising the debate again over how monetary spending should be handled in games popular with children.
The equivalent of this in-game purchase of the popular Battle Royale-style game to real word currency? Approximately $300 or more, depending on which packs the child purchased in-game.
In a follow-up video, the mom noted that her child spent "$80 mad times" referring to the largest available bundle for 13.500 V-Bucks.
All of this upset raises questions around children and digital spending in games, a conversation that has been ongoing for a while and even led to lawsuits for Epic Games in the past.
Ultimately, the laws surrounding children and their ability to legally consent to spending their parents' money and the consequences of that seem incredibly murky and vague, and this means that parents will likely just have to rely on their own methods for keeping their finances secure. As for video game publishers? They will probably just continue to enjoy that murkiness for as long as possible.