It looks like people really like to spend money on Fortnite even though it’s a free game. During an investor call today, PlayStation head John Kodera was asked about a sudden increase in network sales. This was at the same time as the Fortnite launch on PS4. So Kodera confirmed that this timing was not a coincidence. Fortnite is making them a lot of dough.
Fortnite might have been free-to-play, but the “add-on and download sales were notable.” This is really impressive since people were required to spend no money in order to play the game on their PS4. They spent money of their own free will in order to access several additional features. Turns out that this free-to-play game is a big moneymaker for both PSN and the game developer.
Kodera also said that they are exploring various models, from paid game downloads to free to play, in order to maximize revenue. On the same call, Kodera made clear that the PS4’s declining sales means it’s not a part of the company’s three-year roadmap. It’s good that the company has alternative revenue streams, like PSN, and that Sony can explore how to further leverage free-to-play games like this to bring in more money.