Why it matters: Such an extensible platform enables the company to try many different things in very short cycles. Being able to deliver new experiences frequently is tantamount to Millennial audiences. It also allows them to offer different simultaneous entertainment modes that go beyond just gaming.
Unification through Cryptocurrency
To date, only Epic has control over what new game modes or ‘mods’ get deployed. So far, it’s the company reaching out to individual partners for collaboration. That will eventually change. If Epic is smart, it will find a way to open up the platform to trusted third parties.
“The vision for competition in Fortnite is to make competitive play broadly available to everyone. This includes more game modes, playstyles, and formats in structured competition. This broadens the scope and definition of competitive Fortnite while also celebrating exceptional talent and a variety of gameplay skills across all of Fortnite’s game modes.”
One of the tools that will help link all the partners around the Fortnite ecosystem will be cryptocurrencies. At the moment, the official in-game currency is called V-bucks and trades at 1,000 V-bucks for 10 dollars.
V-bucks is the one token that’s linking all the different parts of the platform together. As it stands now, the currency is Epic controlled. As they partner with others, there will be an increased pressure to decentralize the currency. That doesn’t mean that the company will lose control of it, but that it will be far easier for others to use it within their ecosystems.
Go Deeper: As the platform grows, matures and provides money for others, the ecosystem around it will also expand. The bigger the ecosystem, the more critical it will be to make sure the whole universe is linked through something in common. That would be a fully blown cryptocurrency for the Fortnite world.