How To Make Money On Fortnite


We all know Fortnite. We all love it. We can’t stop playing it. 

But what if I told you that you can get paid to play your favorite Battleroyaler? 

Yes, you heard that right. 

And I’m not just talking about being a Youtuber and making videos about Fortnite, or being Ninja and having 13 million Amazon Prime subscribers on Twitch. 

No. 

There are other ways of getting paid just by literally playing Fortnite, which is what we’ll be discussing in this article. 

Today, we’ll dabble on a few money-making tactics on Fortnite including:

  • How does Fortnite work and why you should start earning money from it
  • How you can make money off it by streaming on Youtube and Twitch
  • Earning real money from betting on and winning tournaments
  • How to get paid to boost other people’s accounts and coaching them
  • Then, I’ll wrap it up with tips on what you can do next. 

By the end of this article, you’ll be getting more than just a “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”. 

What is Fortnight?

Love it or hate it, Fortnite has become one of the most popular games of all time 

In fact, Fortnite has recently surpassed Minecraft in total views on Youtube. Heck, even Drake spends his free time playing online with the streaming giant Ninja before he “has to go to work”. 

That’s how big Fortnite has blown up in the last couple of years. 

Fortnite is a massive online survival game where 100 players battle it out until there’s only one man left standing. It’s fast-paced, action-packed, and with 250 million players around the world, things never get boring. 

But what makes it so popular?

One of the major factors that has made Fortnite so successful is that it’s free to play. Players don’t need to take cash out from their pockets to enjoy the game with their friends which makes it more accessible than other shooter video games like Battlefield or Call of Duty. 

It’s also for this very same reason why Fortnite’s fan base is comprised largely of kids. 

Another reason why Fortnite has become a league of its own is that you can play it on any type of platform, from PC and console to mobile phone and tablet.

But that’s not the only cool thing about Fortnite. You can actually make money playing too!

Perhaps the best example of this is 28-year-old streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins who earns a whopping $500,000 a month from live streams of his gameplay alone. 

Although you might not be receiving a Ninja-sized paycheck anytime soon, you too can profit off Fortnite. 

Here’s how:

Different Ways To Make Money Playing Fortnite

Start Streaming On Twitch

Perhaps one of the easiest ways to make money on Fortnite is by streaming your gameplay on platforms like Twitch. 

How does this work?

Twitch offers its users two ways to track what their favorite streamers are doing: through streaming and subscribing. 

The money mainly comes from subscriptions. A basic subscription is $4.99 a month. Streamers generally receive half of that. This means that the bigger your fan base the bigger your earnings. 

And just to prove that Ninja’s income isn’t just a one-off, Twitch streaming full-timer streamer Cody “BigFoltz” Foltz brings in a hefty six-figure income a month just from streaming too!

With over 522,000 followers on Twitch,  you’ll be purchasing your first BMW in no time. 

Aside from subscriptions, there are other ways of turning Twitch into a money-making machine. 

You can do it through:

  • Small payments called Bits, 
  • Influencer marketing, or 
  • By setting up donations using PayPal, Cryptocurrency, or via third-party donation services like Streamlab and Donorbox.  

Twitch Bits are like mini-donations that fans can spend on their favorite streamer’s channel in the form of “Cheers”, and the streamers take home $1 for every 100 Bits. 

The only downside with Bits is that it’s only available for Twitch Partners and Affiliates.

Setting up donation buttons on your channel is fairly easy as well, and the process is pretty much the same whether you’re using Bitcoin, PayPal or Streamlab. 

All you have to do is copy your PayPal, Crypto wallet, or your donation page’s link address and pastes it on your channel’s “Edit Panel”, and voila, you can now start accepting donations from your viewers!

You’ll find a detailed step-by-step process of how you can set up donations on Twitch here

However, most of the famous Twitch streamers make a living through a combination of what I just said above with the addition of ads, affiliate sales, and sponsorships. 

Some might even insert video ads into their stream, much like what you see on Facebook and Youtube videos. 

One common feature of the most successful Twitch streamers is that they’ve made gaming a full-time career, spending at least 8 hours a day glued to their computers, playing games like Fortnite. 

Early in 2019, Fortnite streamer Chaotic received a record-setting, $75,000 donation on his Twitch stream. And while donations of that size are extremely rare, it’s not exactly impossible if you’re willing to put in time and effort. 

Of course, newcomers and average gamers like us aren’t going to start making big bucks right away. But once you’ve built up an audience, you may be well on your way to becoming the next Ninja of Fortnite! 

Start Streaming On Youtube

More and more people these days are ditching the traditional corporate job in favor of a full-time Youtube career. 

You make a couple of videos, put them up on Youtube, and watch the dollars roll in. Sounds like the perfect get-rich-quick recipe, right?

Not exactly. 

While being a Youtuber is a fantastic way to earn reasonable money while doing what you love, much like any startup, you need to put in work before you can turn your Youtube channel into a lucrative business.

Don’t start your Youtube channel thinking that you’ll be making money off of it. You can’t simply upload a couple of videos and hope that one of them goes viral.

Plus, Youtube doesn’t allow creators to monetize their videos until they’ve reached a certain number of views and subscribers. It will only offer ad monetization (YouTube Partners program) to active channels that offer genuine and useful content. 

You must consistently upload high-quality content if you want to attract more viewers and grow your channel. 

You can upload single games of you winning Fortnite which is what Ninja and Teen Food usually do to maximize their revenue. And honestly, you can just copy what they’re doing since they’re obviously succeeding. 

Then, you can set up a schedule of when you should put up new videos. This establishes your channel’s reliability in delivering new content. 

Aside from a constant stream of video uploads, you must also connect with your audience on a personal level. That means building a community and generating higher levels of engagement.

Once you’ve established consistency in giving your audience an enjoyable viewing experience, you’ll soon notice a steady rise in your following. 

When your channel reaches 4,000 watch hours in the last 12 months and 1,000 subscribers, only then will it be reviewed to join the Youtube monetization program. 

Once your channel is approved for the YouTube partner program, that’s when you’ll start making a profit whenever someone watches your uploaded videos on YouTube.

On average, a YouTube channel receives $18 per 1,000 ad views. This means that you get to take home $3 – $5 per 1000 views.

But your Youtube earnings don’t stop at your subscriptions and viewership. 

Another great way of monetizing your channel is through sponsorships. The cool part is, with sponsorship deals, you won’t have to give YouTube a cut of the profits.

You can even start selling your own merchandise once you’ve built up your fan base. Not only will you be making extra cash by selling branded t-shirts or mugs, but you’ll also deepen your relationship with your audience.

If you prefer to play Fortnite on your phone, there’s a free Youtube gaming app available for Android devices where you can stream your gameplay as well. 

Youtube has also recently released a new feature to help creators monetize their stream. It’s called Super Chat, and it allows viewers to pay to pin a comment on live streams. 

Super Chat payments can range between $1 and $500 each. YouTube, however, takes 30% of the revenue, and this doesn’t include service fees, tax, MCN cuts or other charges.

Winning And Betting On Fortnite Tournaments 

Anyone can make money playing Fortnite by joining online tournaments, including you. 

Fortnite Battle Royale is the perfect platform where skilled players have a chance to take home a lot of money just by playing. 

Players from all over the world pay for their spot in the match for a chance to win the prize pool. 

And we’re talking big bucks here. 

In fact, last year, 16-year old Kyle “Bugha” Giersdorf won a staggering $3 million after winning the Fortnite World Cup in New York!

You can try your hand at third-party websites like E-Sports Hub, Tournaments and GamerzArena.

At the moment, the most popular platform to join or host your own Fortnite tournaments is Players’ Lounge. It’s the leading online tournament hosting site for video games like Fortnite Battle Royale, Apex Legends, Call of Duty and more.

All you have to do is sign up for an account and select the tournament you wish to compete in.

In the Fortnite lounge, you’ll find Fortnite tournaments, head-to-head matches, and even custom events. There are tons of LAN parties out there where you can compete for a small prize pool.

Think you have the skills to win serious cash on Fortnite? Then you might want to consider playing in events like the Fortnite World Cup and Trios Cash Cup.

But take note that you must be at least 13 years old to be eligible to participate in the events. 

Next, you need to place high enough within a tournament. However, the placement required to join big events varies by event and region.

If you’ve placed in a prized position, you’ll then receive an email Epic Games asking you for your payment details, as well as your tax information. 

You’ll then get an email from Hyperwallet, a PayPal company that handles all Epic Games payments. 

But if you’re someone like me who loves the game, but just not as a brilliant of a player as Ninja, you can still make money by betting on Fortnite tournaments. 

If you get the odds right, websites like Sickodds, WODuels, and eSportBetting will convert your strategic knowledge to real cash. 

Give Coaching A Try

If you get really good at Fortnite, you might be able to make money off of the less-talented.

The game has become so popular, some parents are even hiring gaming coaches for their kids with the hopes that their Fortnite skills could land them a college scholarship.

Don’t believe me?

Well, according to the National Association of Collegiate eSports, there are currently around 80 schools across the U.S. that have eSports teams, all practicing daily in preparation for league matches against other schools. 

If you’re from the United Kingdom, you’ll find pro-Fortnite players on websites like Bidvine offering their services as “Fortnite buddies”. Just name your price, and you’ll have one-on-one coaching sessions with the pros. 

Pros earn from $40 to as much as $140 an hour on Bidvine, but to earn a spot at the website, you must at least have 25 wins on Fortnite.

If you’re from the United States, a simple search on eBay will give you a list of several skilled players advertising victories for cash. 

Normally, Fortnite coaches will guarantee players 1 hour of play and 1 win. The pros will typically share with players strategies on when and how to engage others. 

Get Paid For Boosting Other Players’ Accounts

Aside from coaching, you can also help boost other players’ stats and get paid to do so. 

Customers will have to give you their Fortnite log-in information so you can boost their level organically. Pro players like trialcarry_op, for example, offers clients three wins for $25 or five wins for forty bucks. 

Some players, however, might not trust eBay listings as much as others do. 

The more skeptical clients can always go to Fortnite account boosting services like Fineboosting.com and have one of the site’s professional Fortnite boosters compete in the Arena duo mode using their accounts. 

Players can choose how high they want their stats boosted, but the highest Fineboosting will go is 6,500 points. The price, of course, depends on the level the player wants to be boosted too. 

Conclusion

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of working for corporations, you could just sit at home, and play video games all day, and get paid to do it?

I’m sure many of you have had this thought, especially since some of the most popular Fortnite players out there are making very comfortable six-figure incomes. 

That might be quite impossible for average gamers. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t earn a bit of cash from the game as well. 

You can make reasonable money off of streaming if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, or you can try out at Fortnite tournaments. 

And if you’re really good at the game, you can even sell your expertise by coaching other players, or by helping them bump up their stats and get paid to do so. 

Making a profit on Fortnite only requires three key ingredients: Hard work, skill, and patience. 

Who knows, you might end up having a full-time job doing what you love some time soon.

What Next?

How does the Fortnite league work?

Duos play in a private lobby with up to 40 teams for a 2-hour match period, accumulating points for eliminations and individual game placement. Each match consists of up to 7 games. 

Is Fortnite still cross-platform?

Fortnite still allows cross-platform play across all platforms for those already in parties or who accept an invitation to one. So, if a Nintendo Switch user is in a party with a friend on Xbox One, they can still play together. For cross-play to work, you’ll need an Epic Games account.

Is Fortnite safe for kids? 

Kids are obsessed with Fortnite because it’s a fun game. That’s pretty much it. I wouldn’t say that it’s bad for them. The only problem with kids playing Fortnite without their parent’s or caretaker’s supervision is that they might play the game in excess without stopping. 

Nick Sinclair

Having played games since the golden age of the Commodore 64, Nick finally took the plunge and studied Creative Game Design in university. After 3 years of "Study", Nick co-founded a games company where he soon discovered his true calling: writing about games. 11 years later Nick writes about a tower of topics, but gaming is always stacked neatly at the top.

11 thoughts on “How To Make Money On Fortnite

    1. Hi Moises.

      Thanks for posting a comment.

      I think it’s fantastic that you want to get more money for your family. One of the biggest problems when starting to play Fortnight for money is to have a clear idea of your motivation. There is no motivation more powerful than wanting to do something for those you love and care about.

      For example, I wanted to create CareerGamers for a number of reasons:
      – To have the freedom to spend time with my family
      – To help gamers across the world earn a living from something they love doing and shake off the shackles of the typical 9-5 desk job
      – To build a business based on content so creatives like graphic designers and writers can get paid well for what they love to do

      However, one of the biggest pitfalls in motivation is doing something solely for yourself or for money. Money is just a tool to help sculpt a better future. But it’s not the only tool. Even if businesses and corporations would have you believe otherwise.

      For example, having more time to spend with your family and friends is a far more powerful tool than money for building better futures.

      So, yes, earn more money for your family. But keep in mind that there are other ways to create an incredible future for you and your family.

    1. I’ll be honest with you Landin, when I wrote the article, I honestly thought the keyword I target was talking about making real money, not Vbucks.

      Post here if you’d like me to write an article about how to make Vbucks in Fortnight.

  1. i try my best to let my parents understand how i can earn money
    i only play 3 hrs a day but still they say its bad im not like other ppl who
    play 16 hrs pls email me :smitparmar15848@gmai.com

    1. Hi ZTIDE.

      Thank you for the message. Convincing parents of the legitimacy of a gaming career, like any “creative career” can be very hard. When I first started writing, my parents were very skeptical.

      This is what I would suggest: Build a body of evidence to show that it’s possible to make money from gaming, and then present this to your parents.

      What I mean by this is, focus on building a game website/streaming channel/youtube channel for a few hours every week. Start collecting data that shows that you are moving in the right direction. For example, the number of hours viewed on youtube is increasing, or page views are growing on your website.

      Then take that evidence to your parents. Not only will it show that you’ve been dedicated enough to grow it to this point, but it’s evidence that’ll show them that growing something like a game business is possible.

      Having and presenting evidence of potential success/results is the key.

    1. Hi Nic. I appreciate your comment.

      I think a lot of parents would agree with you. But I think it would be better to say too much fortnight is bad for kids.

      If a child comes home from school every day, has food them jumps on fortnight for 6 hours until they go to bed, that’s bad.

      But if a child comes home from school, has food, does their homework, reads for an hour, and then fortnight is used as a reward for doing those activities, then that’s not bad, that’s good.

      Are there better activities? Yes of course there are. I’m sure we’d love all our children to be writing poetry, reading more books, learning to play an instrument, sport, or another creative pursuit. But that’s not always how children work.

      What I would say is this: Find balance. If a child is not doing their homework, not reading, not doing other creative pursuits and they are only playing Fortnight, then they are probably playing too much.

      If they are coming home, eating, doing homework, going out the yard to play soccer with their friends for an hour, having a game of fortnight for 2 hours, and then reading for 30 mins before they go to bed. I’d say that’s not too bad.

  2. Thank you, Nick. great information. I have two boys who love Fortnite. I’m not a fan of idle time glued to electronic devices, but as you said, once they complete chores and other important obligations, it’s a reward. If they could earn money for it, more power to them! I’m clueless So this information is a great start. Do you have any other articles that discuss this further (primarily I’m gonna be at the arena tournaments you mentioned)?

    1. Hi Jenna. Thanks for the fantastic comment. It’s really appreciated.

      I think using gaming as a reward is a great idea.

      As for making money from games, it is very much possible, never mind just making money from Fortnight.

      It just takes a lot of work and faith that it’ll work out.

      This website is a testament to that:

      it’s taken us 2.5 years to get to a point where it’s making good money for all involved.

      If your children really want to make money from gaming, they need to commit to it like they do a degree.

      The successful streamers you see all took years to get to where they are. very rarely, maybe 1 in 100,000 successful gamers, do you find somebody who was an overnight success. The rest worked hard to get to where they are over multiple years.

      As for other articles, we do have an article on how much do pro gamers earn. Take a look here.

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