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Fortnite’s newest event rewards ‘creators’ with real cash

Streamers, video makers, cosplayers, others can get a cut of their fans’ V-bucks purchases

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Fortnite will stage a “Support-a-Creator” event beginning next week, through which content creators on YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and other platforms can earn money when their fans spend V-bucks in the game.

How that works: Players will, from the Item Shop menu in Fortnite Battle Royale (the Loot tab in Save the World) go to the event’s menu and add their favorite creator’s Epic tag. Thus tagged, that creator will earn money based on the V-bucks that user, and all others who have them tagged, spend in Fortnite until Dec. 31. Tags last for 14 days, after which they can be renewed or switched to another creator.

According to the event’s FAQ, creators will earn $5 for every 10,000 V-Bucks spent by fans in their name. (That goes for V-Bucks players earn in game as well as buy for themselves with real money).

As for what creators are eligible to participate, Epic Games says they’re looking to credit “video makers, streamers, storytellers, artists, cosplayers, musicians and community builders,” and they’re “looking at all regions, languages, audience sizes and types of content.”

There is an application process for creators who want to get in on the event. Epic set out four qualifiers:

  • Has regularly created and released Fortnite content over the last 30 days
  • Has 1,000+ followers on at least one major social platform
  • Completes the Affiliate Agreement and abides by our Creator Code of Conduct
  • Capable of receiving payment in a form that Epic supports

The code-of-conduct conditions involve good behavior toward others in the game, not spamming or creating clickbait, and of course, not engaging in hate speech, harassment, pornographic or other conduct, whether in the game or over social media. Violations can get someone kicked out of the program without a warning. Applicants who already have a history of any of this content in their channels will probably get rejected, too.

Applications are taken through the event portal and require an Epic Games account. There’s more information through the FAQ, but Epic acknowledges that, having never undertaken a program of this size before, there could be stumbles along the way. Enrollment may end up limited if demand is overwhelming, for example, in which case applicants will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Also “please expect modest results,” Epic says, meaning the payout size.

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