Here are some ways you can make money playing Fortnite
1. Play in 3rd Party Tournaments
Anyone can make money playing Fortnite by joining an online tournament. Players around the world pay for their spot in a bracket for the chance to win a prize pool. Platforms such as The E-Sports Hub, Toornaments and GamerzArena are just a few of the sites that host online tournaments.
Alternatively, you could play a custom tournament against friends. A similar idea is to join an open LAN party. There are tons of small LAN parties out there where you can compete for money.
Fortnite also has a special in-game tournament with a prize fund of $20,000. However this tournament reserved for top gamers like Ninja, Lachlan and Dakotaz.
2. Sell your Fortnite account
You have won over 100 games and have more than 250 kills on your account. Surely that is worth something? The good news is, it is! The market for populated Fortnite accounts is big. And many sites offer their services as middle man between seller and buyer.
Accounts with a lot of wins and kills will get the most money. And similarly, if you have rare skins or emotes, the value of your account will increase.
A word of caution; this option is frowned upon by the gaming community and by Epic Games. If Epic finds an account that has been sold, they will ban it.
3. Bet on Fortnite tournaments
If you love the game and understand it well, but you’re not a brilliant player. Or if you are good and simply want another income stream, you can also bet on Fortnite tournaments. Whether this is with your friends or betting on pro tournaments, it’s a sure way to earn money.
4. Stream or upload to Twitch & YouTube
1. Make money with cost-free donations
To start getting cost-free donations:
- Connect your Twitch or YouTube account via the Rechaaarge website
- Share your personal Rechaaarge profile and let your viewers know they can donate cost-free
- Create goals, notifications, banners, etc
- Get cost-free donations!
2. Paid donation tools and live alerts
Streamlabs OBS is a stream management tool that is very popular among streamers and is free to use; the tool enables viewers to donate cost-free to their favorite streamers!
YouTube has their own donation tool called SuperChat that enables viewers to highlight a message within live chat. The bigger the donation, the longer the viewer’s message will be highlighted. YouTube takes about 30% of the revenue. Nick Eh 30 is a Fortnite player using SuperChat to chat with his viewers and make money!
Streamelements is a veteran tool that allows the integration of YouTube and Twitch donations. It is similar to Streamlabs but has more stream tools and customization options.
Muxy is a tool dedicated exclusively to Twitch services. It enables streamers to make money streaming by receiving donations through typical payment methods. Of course, it adds personalized alerts on screen, with an elegant and professional design.
The majority of donation platforms let creators setup and track goals. Providing incentives to viewers once you reach your target is an absolute must. One incentive is to use ‘shoutouts’ to interact with viewers as it makes them feel valued and will encourage more donations!
3. Subscriptions and Channel Memberships
Subscriptions and channel memberships are a stable way to make money playing Fortnite.
A popular subscription service is Patreon. Patreon is a monthly subscription platform for all types of streamers and gives viewers the opportunity to access exclusive content.
All affiliates or partners on Twitch have a subscription button on their channel. If you’re on Youtube you can offer channel membership, but you must be on the Partner Program. Make sure you’re giving your subscribers the best and most original content so they stay subscribed.
Examples of exclusive content for monthly subscribers include unique badges, emojis, early bird access to events or tickets, access to subscriber only video content, and ad free viewing.
4. YouTube & Twitch advertising
Just like on TV, you can show ads on your live stream to make money playing Fortnite.
On Twitch, advertising revenue is shared 50/50. On YouTube, you keep 55%. Note that YouTube is more strict with content which can lead to channel demonetization. This led to a lot of negative feedback and is one reasons many streamers choose to rather stream on Twitch.
Affiliate links are links you can add to your channel that direct to a product for sale on an affiliate site. There are a bunch of affiliate programs to choose from including Amazon Associates, NewEgg, GearBest and Zavvi.
Epic Games has a Support-A-Creator program to allow chosen creators to earn money from Fortnite and other games in their store. Creators will get $5 for every 10,000 V-Bucks spent by other players to support them in-game. They can also share referral links or promote their creator tag in their content channel and get credit for sales in the Epic game store.
6. Getting & finding sponsors
Once you have a big enough following, another way of making a decent amount of money playing Fortnite is through brand sponsorship. This means you will get paid by brands to promote or mention their products in your stream.
YouTube owns FameBit; an agency that connects video creators with companies who want to sponsor their content. Twitch on the other hand has the Bounty Board Program which puts you in touch with brands directly through your Twitch dashboard.
Sponsorship can be a great way to make money, but be sure to work with brands and products you actually like to avoid losing your authenticity.
7. Merchandise your brand
If you have a large following on Fortnite you are a type of celebrity, and, as with traditional celebs, your followers value personal connection. By monetizing your brand though the sale of branded mugs, t-shirts, tote bags etc. not only will you make more money, but you’ll also deepen your relationship.
Sites like Streamlabs Merch and Teespring handle the process of merchandising your personal brand from design through to delivery. Merch by Amazon is a good option if you already have your own design as they handle everything else. Then you have Design by Humans who have a Twitch extension so viewers can go to your store without ever leaving your channel.
Beware of copyright infringement! When creating your designs make sure they are not an exact copy of accessories or apparel offered by Epic games.
1. Get esports sponsorship
ESports refers to a group of players, either playing as a team or independently, that compete in virtual electronic games. The industry is set to grow to $1.5BN by 2020.
To get paid playing Fortnite in esports you need to be good! And to be good, you need to be dedicated. Some key tips for becoming a pro gamer are: stay motivated, practice practice practice, buy the right equipment, join a community of gamers, find a team, and enter tournaments. At that point you should be able to find sponsorship either in the form of brand promotion or with backing from an esports franchise.
- Brand sponsorship: Due to the influence these teams now have, brands are keen to take advantage of esports by promoting their products and content in exchange for financing. Sponsors could contribute to a large portion of your income.
- Team sponsorship: Professional esport team owners or franchise organizations are backed by sponsors or independent investors and behave in a similar way to traditional sports teams. They buy and sell players to compete in the best tournaments and leagues. They also invest in building audiences on Twitch and YouTube. Considering the size of the esports industry, it’s not surprising that these organizations are paying pro gamers on average $60k per year, and this accounts for only a part of their income.
2. Earn esports prize money as a pro gamer
Epic Games announced at the end of 2018 that they will be providing $100,000,000 to fund prize pools for Fortnite competitions during the 2018-2019 season! The $100,000,000 will be split between many events at different levels of competition around the globe. Fortnite World Cup play will focus on Solos and Duos, but there’ll be plenty of opportunities to squad-up in competition, too.
6. Become a coach
If you like helping people, you can make money playing Fortnite teaching other gamers to improve their skills. Fortnite is all about wins and kills. If you’ve won at least 25 times then you could be a Fortnite buddy. With the popularity of Fortnite, there are literally millions of players that want to get better.
7. Get paid to boost other players’ accounts
So you think you’re pretty good at Fortnite, but just don’t fancy the idea of coaching? Good news, there is a lot of demand out there for Fortnite account boosting. To get paid, all you need to do is go into someone else’s account and play on their behalf. Whether it’s to level up, get wins, complete daily quests or battle pass challenges you will be paid to make a certain action.
Check out these sites to apply to be a part of their teams of pro boosters: Fortnite Boosting, ProBoosting, Fortnite Boost, and EloBostPros.