In another April Fools’-but-it’s-really-in-the-game development, Fortnite’s marketplace of skins added the Stonks! meme guy on Thursday.
“Diamond Hanz,” as he is called, goes for 1,200 V-bucks — which roughly equals about $10. We think that price should hold steady, but this is not a forward-looking statement securities involve risk and may lose value member FDIC please don’t sue me.
Anyway, 1,200 V-bucks is a mid-tier price for a premium skin, the “Diamond Hanz” name not withstanding. Diamond hands was the term used for those who held on to their GameStop shares through the fury of late January and early February, creating a short-selling balloon intended to punish hedge funds and other speculators.
As a meme, “Stonks” guy dates back to 2017, and is yet another meme starring shitpost mascot Meme Man, who first appeared around 2014. With GameStop’s short-squeeze originating in a subreddit trading on so-called “meme stocks,” the original image went back into wide circulation this winter.
Fortnite is no stranger to meme cosmetics. This all started with a variety of dance emotes, but that practice ended because lawsuits. Since then, the marketplace curator, who apparently is a very online 15-year-old, has done things like offer an Area 51 skin, around the time a Facebook group was toying with the idea of Naruto-overrunning the top-secret facility.