With an official announcement, Fortnite is promoting an unprecedented new “Support-a-Creator” event. So, what exactly is this event? Epic Games is acknowledging the huge creator community that has sprung up around Fortnite, from YouTubers to Twitch streamers and beyond. When supporters spend V-Bucks in the in-game store between October 8 and December 31, that translates to real-world cash for those creators.
Fortnite announces “Support-a-Creator” Event
How does it work?
Fortnite players choose a creator they wish to support from an official list available on the announcement page linked above. It’s a massive list currently sitting at 1,300-plus names, and will be updated every 24 hours Monday through Friday. Players will be able to select the creator they choose in-game using a new menu that will appear in the Item Shop.
After choosing the creator you wish to support, simply spend V-Bucks in the in-game store and a portion of what you spend will be sent to that creator. Epic states that the amount received by creators scales, based on how many players are supporting them. Currently, 10,000 V-Bucks spent in the game store translates to $5 for creators. Players can change the creator they support at any time. That said, supporting a given creator will last 14 days. After that point, the game will prompt you to choose a new one… or, you can simply reselect the same creator you’ve already chosen if you have a favorite.
How do I take part?
If you create Fortnite-related content and think you might be able to take part in the event, check out the official event page for in-depth rules. Epic Games laid out a few basic criteria for those who wish to take part.
- Have regularly created and released Fortnite content over the last 30 days
- Have a minimum of 1,000 followers on at least one “major social platform”
- Be able to accept payments in a form that Epic supports
Aside from these criteria, anything goes. Epic accepts applicants from all supported regions, languages, and a huge variety of content formats. It isn’t limited to just streamers: fan artists, cosplayers, musicians, or any other creator that might meet these criteria can apply. If Epic accepts the application, the creator’s fans will be able to find them on the official list using their Epic ID.
Epic has also issued a warning to all who wish to take part: because the event is so… well, epic in size and scope, things might get messy. They’ve warned that application processing and payments might be delayed due to volume, and they may limit enrollment should the volume of applications become too overwhelming. They’ve also cautioned creators against making click-bait promotions or appeals for purchases, but haven’t said whether doing so will entail actual repercussions.
As Epic games said, creators shouldn’t expect to get rich from the event. That stated, it’s a great way for players to support their favorite creators just in time for the holiday season.