Fortnite - a free video game - is a billion dollar money machine

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In brief: It's no secret that Fortnite: Battle Royale has been a phenomenal success since it launched in September past year, but is the free-to-play title making the kind of cash that reflects its popularity? While not an issue right now in the primary Fortnite Battle Royale game modes, this is an upgrade we are bringing over to the main MMS cluster as well to future-proof the system.

Fortnite is about to celebrate its first anniversary with a variety of birthday challenges allowing you to earn some festive cosmetics. Complete all three of them, and earn a Birthday Cake bling as a token for your perseverance.

Fortnite has successfully earned over $1 billion across all platforms.

Funko and Epic Games have joined forces to launch new Fornite-themed toys, collectibles, and more by Christmas.

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Save the World players will also get some fun stuff, with a birthday questline that offers a Birthday Brigade Ramirez hero.

Fortnite is free to play, but you can purchase V-bucks, used to unlock in-game cosmetics such as new outfits and updated visuals for your glider and pickaxe. These llamas will be filled with both heroes and weapons from other in-game events that took place earlier this year, except for ones that were quest specific rewards.

According to GamesIndustry.biz, the report from research company Superdata contains the $1 billion figure, as well as a graph showing the revenue growth since the game launched. That's quite the number to hit, considering the game is barely a year old. Ironically, its initial release into early access with Save the World was largely ignored, and it wasn't until Battle Royale was released that the game became an global phenomenon. During the month of May, viewers watched 700 million hours of battle royale games, with 83 percent of that time being spent watching Fortnite.

You will also be able to share you squads best "birthday cake dance party" by using the #Fortnite1st tag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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