Looking At The Virtual Swag 'Skins,' A Key Money-Maker For The Fortnite Franchise05:55
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University students compete in the online game Fortnite during DreamHack Atlanta 2018. (Chris Thelen/Getty Images)
University students compete in the online game Fortnite during DreamHack Atlanta 2018. (Chris Thelen/Getty Images)

Fortnite — the battle royale video game, where up to 100 players meet on a virtual island and duke it out until there's one survivor standing — made a record-shattering $3 million last year. While the game is absolutely free to play, it relies instead on micro-transactions, small amounts of money paid for virtual swag. One common digital product users pay real money for is called "skins." Here & Now tech correspondent Ben Brock Johnson (@TheBrockJohnson) explains the concept to host Jeremy Hobson.

This segment aired on March 29, 2019.

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