Hackers Are Stealing Money From Gamers Playing 'Fortnite: Battle Royale'

If you've been playing Fortnite: Battle Royale, chances are that you're hooked and it's now taking up a large majority of your time.

You'd better be careful, though - according to some people it could turn into something that can sap your finances as well as your time.

Reports have been surfacing of criminals targeting the game's community and charging their accounts hundreds of dollars.

According to Kotaku, one player called Tyler was asked by his friend if he had bought Save the World - Fortnite's base game.

He said: "He saw my account online in that game mode."

The only problem was that he hadn't bought the game, nor had he logged into the game for at least a day. After that, he received e-receipts for purchases of $149.99 (£107) and $99.99 (£70) that he had no idea about.

His password was still the same so it is unclear how the hackers managed to get in, but his details were saved on his profile with the game's creators - Epic Games. Luckily for Tyler, he got a refund once he took it up with the company.

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But he isn't on his own. In recent weeks there have been a lot of posts on Reddit and gaming forums about how money has been mysteriously stolen from their Epic Games accounts.

Most of them say that they haven't played or logged in for ages, so have no idea how the hackers have managed to get into their account to steal the cash.

In response to these problems the company has now introduced the option to log into your account through a two part authentication process, which seems like a smart move given the circumstances.

The company has also published a security checklist for anyone who feels that their account may be vulnerable.

Credit: Epic Games
Credit: Epic Games

Epic has said that anyone who thinks their account has been compromised should contact them immediately, saying: "We are aware of instances where users' accounts have been compromised using well-known hacking techniques and are working to resolve these issues directly with those players affected.

"Any players who believe their account has been compromised should reach out to our player support immediately."

Battle Royale has become a sensation since it was released last year. Players compete to be the last person alive on an ever shrinking map against 100 other players. It's basically a cross between the film Battle Royale, Minecraft and Left4Dead, if you can imagine that.

Everyone is initially armed with just a pick-axe and can mine resources and build structures and weapons to protect themselves from the other players, as well as the elements.

Featured Image Credit: Epic Games

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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