For the Fortnite groups I talked to, the Creator Codes can be an
inefficient way to get revenue, since they have to find ways to
convince people to enter the code. In some maps I’ve played,
though, there’s a prompt right at the beginning that lets you use
the code with just a couple button presses. But creators don’t get
much of the share of what’s purchased. In Fortnite, creators earn
5 percent of the value of in-game purchases made using their
Creator Code, Epic says on its website.
In an FAQ, Epic spells out a couple examples of how the payouts
might work — and explicitly cautions creators to “expect modest
Q: Will This Program Make Creators Rich?
A: Please expect modest results. The amount you earn scales with
the number of players who choose to support you. A Fortnite
example: If your in-game supporters spend 50,000 V-Bucks
in-game, then you would earn $25 USD. An Epic Games Store
example: if your supporters purchase $100 of games, you’ll
earn $5 (at the base Epic-funded rate).
Sounds like we have a solution to Epic’s years-long complaint about Apple and Google taking a 15–30 percent cut of in-app transactions. They should follow Epic’s lead and take a 95 percent cut instead. Support a creator, indeed.
Or, perhaps, different revenue splits are “fair” in different contexts.