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Fortnite’s Skull Trooper mania shows how Epic makes big money selling skins

Submitted by The Verge on October 11, 2018 - 12:57pm

If you’ve logged on to Fortnite over the last 24 hours, you’ve probably noticed that lobbies are overflowing with players who are wearing the same spooky costume. Veteran players know this as the Skull Trooper skin, a rare cosmetic that previously granted a high social status for Fortnite fans who donned it. Now, though, players are questioning whether or not the Skull Trooper skin is even special anymore.

Over the last year, Fortnite players have built mythologies around its skins, with each costume implying something specific about its owner. A suit that makes players look like John Wick, for example, is the infamous calling card of the bone-headed players with a lust for killing. Eventually, many players buy a skin because they want...

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