Fortnite ‘V-Bucks’ and cryptocurrency make an appearance on teens’ holiday wish lists

Some U.S. holiday wish lists crisscross all generations and some, well, don’t.

For the first time, teenagers said they wanted cryptocurrency and Fortnite “V-Bucks” virtual currency instead of cash, gift cards and gas money, according to the “Holiday 2018” consumer report released Wednesday by investment bank and asset management firm Piper Jaffray.

Like many virtual currencies, V-Bucks doesn’t always feel like real money. Fortnite players can buy 1,000 of the V-bucks virtual currency for $9.99. They can use it to purchase items while they’re playing the wildly popular video game, including the “Battle Pass” for 950 V-bucks, and outfits and “skins” for their characters for between 500 and 2,000 V-Bucks.

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