Epic Games response to the allegations that its game is being used for money laundering

Virtual, in-game money laundering is old news. Back in 2013, a reportby security researcher Jean-Loup Richet revealed that online games were becoming increasingly popular venues for criminals to “clean” their money through “the opening of numerous different accounts on various online games to move money.” Most commonly, criminals would send in-game currency to their associates in other countries, who would exchange it for real, untraceable money.

In keeping with Richet’s observations, cybercriminals on Fortnite are using stolen cards to purchase V-bucks from the game’s official store and selling them, discounted and in bulk, on the dark web. A joint investigation by the Independent and Sixgill, a cybersecurity firm, uncovered Fortnite money laundering operations around the globe, being conducted in Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Russian, and English. Sixgill also found that Fortnite items took in more than $250,000 on eBay over a 60-day period last year, although exactly how much criminals are profiting from the scheme is unclear.

Fortnite money launderers are also targeting unsuspecting regular players by running scams on social media. In the game, V-bucks can be bought in bundles to spend on outfits, cosmetics, and other aesthetic attributes. They can’t be spent on anything that would give a player a competitive advantage, and they can’t be purchased outside of the official store. Between September and October 2018, cybersecurity firm Zerofox generated 53,000 alerts relating to fortnite v bucks generator scams. Scammers lure in players who are looking for cheaper ways to acquire V-bucks by advertising “V-bucks generators” and asking players for personal information, such as Fortnite usernames and passwords and credit card information. Although Fortnite’s age requirement is 12, younger children are reported to play the game. Zerofox warns that they are more likely to fall victims to scams—especially if their parents won’t give them money for the game.

In response to the allegations that its game is being used for money laundering, Epic Games said that it takes the charges seriously. “We encourage players to protect their accounts by turning on two-factor authentication, not re-using passwords and using strong passwords, and not sharing account information with others,” a spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter. But according to Benjamin Preminger, a senior intelligence analyst at Sixgill, Epic isn’t doing enough to tackle security vulnerabilities that enable money laundering schemes. “Epic Games doesn’t seem to clamp down in any serious way on criminal activity surrounding Fortnite, money laundering or otherwise,” Preminger told the Independent. He believes that Epic Games should be monitoring transfers of high-value goods in the game, identifying players with large V-bucks holdings, and alerting authorities when things look suspicious.

So next time you’re looking to save on a new outfit for your Fortnite character by looking to an illegitimate V-bucks generator, take care not to end up an accidental money mule.

the launch of Fortnite Season 8 as a possible release date.

“We are going to begin identifying players who have claimed the Eon Bundle and will be granting their accounts access to Save the World.”

To make things even better, Epic will be adding free Fortnite Save the World downloads to all future Xbox One S Eon bundles, too.

“We will also make sure that all future players who claim the Eon Bundle will be granted access to Save the World moving forward,” Epic continues.

“If you already had purchased Save the World and claimed the Eon Bundle, we will be granting you an additional 2,000 V-Bucks.”

But when will you be getting your hard-earned gains?

Epic says the codes will start being sent out over the next few weeks.

“We’ll begin the process of granting retroactive entitlements early next week when our offices reopen for the new year.

“We will provide an additional update on the progress of the grants around that time.”

When will Save the World be free?

Originally Epic Games planned to launch Save the World for free by the end of 2018. However, these plans shifted in October.

The company officially confirmed that they were pushing back the launch into 2019:

“We decided to move the free-to-play launch of Save the World out of this year. We’re working on a broad set of features, reworks, and backend system scaling we believe are needed to go free-to-play.

“Save the World has grown consistently since our launch in July 2017 and fortnite v bucks generator overall has experienced unprecedented growth.

“Scaling up for the legions of player heroes who will be joining the fight is key to providing an excellent experience. This applies to all of our players, old and new, so we’re taking the time to get this right.”

There’s still no word on when Epic Games will choose to make Save the World Free To Play, but we would suspect that such a big decision would happen at the start of the new season.

So right now, potentially look towards the launch of Fortnite Season 8 as a possible release date.

Fortnite V-Bucks Gift Card

While you can’t directly gift V-Bucks to another player, you have a couple of options to help them get their Fortnite fix: buy them a gift card for their platform of choice, or buy a bundle with specific content.

Buy a Gift Card for Their Platform of Choice

The first thing you need to do is figure out what platform your gamer usually plays on. Since there’s no such thing as a “free v bucks no human verification ios,” you have to buy a card for the specific platform. For example:

  • PlayStation: If they play on PlayStation, a PlayStation Store gift card will do the trick.
  • Xbox: Xbox players will need, you guessed it, an Xbox Gift Card.
  • Switch: For Switch players, you’ll need to grab a Nintendo eShop gift card.
  • PC: There isn’t a specific store for PC gamers to buy Fornite stuff from, but you can get them a generic pre-paid Visa to use towards in-game currency.
  • Android: The same goes for Android players—since the game uses Epic’s own launcher (like the PC version), a pre-paid debit card is the way to go.
  • iOS: Since Fortnite is available from the iOS App Store, an iTunes gift card is the best answer here.

Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Amazon, and other retailers usually carry physical versions of platform-specific gift cards, which you can stick inside an envelope for your gamer to unwrap on their Winter Solstice holiday of practice.

The player will need to redeem the gift or debit card on their own once they get back to their system, but after that, they can use that money to buy anything from those digital stores. That means they can buy another game, downloadable content, or Fortnite’s V-Bucks. What the player chooses to use the gift card for will be up to them—you have no way to “force” them to use it on V-Bucks.

Get Them Some Sweet In-Game Goods in Meatspace

If you want to make sure they get something they can use in-game, Fortnite also offers specific outfits as downloadable content (these are digital items you purchase in stores). For example, your gamer can get The Summit Striker Pack, which unlocks the Summit Striker outfit, the Top Notch Bling Pack and 600 V-Bucks.

Another option is the Deep Freeze Bundle. This costs $30 and unlocks the winter-themed Frostbite Outfit, Cold Front Glider, Chill-Axe Pickaxe, and 1,000 V-Bucks. If your gamer already has any of those cosmetic items, they will instead receive a comparable amount of V-Bucks. This bundle is available digitally, or in stores like Best Buy, so you still have something for your gamer to unwrap on the holidays.