For those of you who don’t know, Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and was released in July 2017. It reportedly accounts for more than 125 million players worldwide and in October 2018, Epic Games was valued at over $15 billion in its latest funding round.
Fortnite kicked off 2019 by announcing in a tweet that it “has started “exclusively” accepting Monero (XMR) as a cryptocurrency payment option,” through Retail Row, the merchandise store for the online game.
Retail Row supports crypto payments service GloBee, which allows retailers to accept cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin Litecoin and Ripple, as well as the digital currency Monero. Customers pay with a range of conventional methods including credit cards and PayPal.
Following the announcement and according to CoinMarketCap, XMR went up 3.27 percent on the day and to trade at $47.46.
Payments at Fortnite have been the subject of attacks in the past: in October, cyber security firm Malwarebytes discovered that hackers were targeting the bitcoin wallets of Fortnite gamers. As Cointelegraph reported, “Con artists were purportedly sneaking malicious data theft code into downloads that apparently promised “free” season six Fortnite Android versions, among other “bogus cheats, wallhacks and aimbots.”
Furthermore, Malwarebytes also discovered that free V-Bucks (an in-game currency) also concealed malicious packages of code. It revealed that deceptive links were being promoted via scammers’ YouTube channels, which redirected users to downloads that concealed the malware.
If you are a Fortnite gamer, please take care when downloading any ‘free’ merchandise or V-Bucks offers as there is a chance that these could contain malware.