Fortnite map creators and developers create impressive maps for other players to explore. While the creation process may be part of the fun, another reason why players choose to make their own maps and game types is to get paid. Fortnite's Engagement Program sees creators rewarded with actual money if their maps are doing well in the game. Now, they have another way to earn cash for all of their hard work.
The newest metric for calculating total monthly earnings is based on time played. This means the more time people spend playing and exploring a map, the more money its creator will get. This metric joins player retention and player popularity for the engagement payout rewards. But what does this all mean for map makers in Fortnite? Well, here's what it breaks down to.
How the Time Played Metric Works in the Fortnite Engagement Program
Creators will be rewarded for the length of time players spend on their island. The longer a player explores and fights on a map, the more money the creator will receive. The actual cost varies alongside the two other metrics used in the program. Obviously, with time being a major part of this new metric, map makers will want to ensure their maps contain plenty for players to see and do. The goal is to keep players on their maps and prevent them from logging on, completing a task, and logging off.
According to Epic Games, with the new metric in place, players could see a potential increase in earned revenue. A chart featuring annualized data as part of the new metric shows what players may earn with the new metric in place. The data represents earnings from April 2023 multiplied by 12 months.
This could see more than 200 players earning upwards of $100,000 per year through the program. Whereas the top five creators could see more than 10 million dollars in one year.
Coupled with the two previous metrics, player popularity and retention, this gives creators a third option to earn income in Fortnite. However, they only receive a portion of the profit as Epic Games takes a cut as well.
Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeny announced in March that creators will receive 40% of the net revenue from the engagement program. While Epic Games will earn 60% net revenue to fund the developer's ongoing operations and Fortnite ecosystem development.
Of course, according to Epic Games, the metrics will change based on feedback from creators and players. However, for the time being, time played, retention and player popularity are the main focus of the engagement program.
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