What if? Fortnite on the Blockchain

What would a blockchain version of the game look like?

By now everyone has heard of Epic Games’ blockbuster title Fortnite—a massive multiplayer game where survival is based on stealth, quick reflexes, and a lot of luck. As with any free-to-play game, the developers of Fortnite had to pick the right monetization strategy, and they had plenty to choose from due to the game’s popularity: free-to-play with microtransactions, pay-to-play, subscription microtransactions, etc. They ended up implementing more than one of these; their survival mode is in pay-to-play early access mode, while their battle royales mode has seen the release of microtransactions in the form of Battle Passes and V-bucks.

The interesting thing about this specific version of microtransactions is that it compensates players who purchase battle passes for actually playing the game by allowing them to ‘Rank Up’ their battle pass and earn more credits to purchase the next one. Because of this, Fortnite’s microtransactions strategy is one of the few of this type that hasn’t come under fire from gamers, making it harder to critique. That being said, there are a number of ways that blockchain can improve the monetization strategy for players.