'Fortnite' Shark Skins Infest Water in Time for Shark Week — What to Know
Shark Week kicked off its 30th weekly celebration of the ocean killer on Sunday. As viewers will spend a week learning about the awesome power of great whites and other marine predators, Fortnite players can have a bit of shark fun of their own.
Epic Games joined in the celebration of Shark Week on Saturday when it released the Chomp Sr. skin in the Fortnite in-game store. The shark outfit costs 2,000 V-Bucks, or $20, with the shark-on-a-spear pickaxe called Chomp Jr. sold separately for another 1,500 V-Bucks, or $15. There’s also the Snorkel Ops skin available in the store for 1,200 V-Bucks, or $12.
Some players took it upon themselves to make their own “shark infested waters” with the use of the skins. Twitter user dakotaz posted a screenshot of a downed player in Loot Lake wearing the Snorkel Ops outfit, which has a shark fin protruding from its back.
A Reddit user posted a similar screenshot over on the Fortnite subreddit. The image shows three dorsal fins from the outfits coming out of the water in Paradise Palms.
In its 30th year, Shark Week is the longest-running program in cable TV history. The week-long series filled with true and not-so-true facts about the ocean predator makes a big splash every year and according to porn star Stormy Daniels, is a favorite of President Donald Trump.
Shark Week officially starts Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern on the Discovery Channel. That also happens to be the time when Epic switches skins in the Fortnite store so there is no telling when Chomp Sr. will be available for purchase again.
Epic had two back-to-back events as part of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish Series. It gave over $1 million in prizes to players, but Friday’s big winner found some viewer were skeptical of his big win requiring Epic to get involved.