Epic Games has joined hands with SuperEasy to ensure a safe internet for kids. The collaboration began in September 2021, but has recently been put in the limelight due to an unusual method of user verification. In addition, many Fortnite players who have not verified their accounts have received warnings of removal. It is being told that this has been happening since last one week.
While this process is done to protect the youngest users on the Internet, both companies require adults to enter a credit card number or the last four digits of their Social Security number in order to verify their children’s accounts.
The community has complained about it, but it seems highly unlikely that Epic Games will change that. After all, this decision isn’t made by Epic itself. The company is bound by law to implement this method of verification, which is unfortunate.
Many players are skeptical about this process and do not trust the developer. However, they will have to complete the verification process as their Fortnite accounts are likely to be deleted if they don’t.
Epic Games will remove unverified Fortnite accounts
The removal warning states that if players do not verify their accounts, they will be permanently deleted. Players are given 30 days to verify their accounts, which is more than enough time.
However, since accounts can only be verified by entering credit card information, many people are hesitant to participate in the authentication process.
While getting a Fortnite account verified seems like a no-brainer, sharing such sensitive information with a third party is quite risky. Even though Epic Games wouldn’t abuse this information, it’s understandable why so many players are upset about it.
Many of them called this verification “disgusting” when they found out it was true. At first, almost everyone assumed it was a scam, because to them, it definitely turned out to be one.
According to Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, this verification is necessary because Fortnite is a part of the metaverse.
“The Metaverse will be made up of multiple experiences and will not be controlled by a single company. It will require all of us who are building towards this future to create experiences that are not only interoperable but also keep the safety of our audiences in mind, regardless of their age.”
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SuperAwesome founder Dylan Collins spoke last September about safety on the Internet, especially for younger audiences. He explained how there are many laws and regulations that require this type of verification.
“Regulators around the world have led the charge by introducing laws aimed at making the Internet safer for children, such as the COPPA in the US, the Children’s Code in the UK and GDPR-K in Europe. Free parental verification is a significant industry move. To make it easier for everyone to say yes to safe experiences for kids.”
It will be interesting to see if Epic Games makes some changes to this process. However, chances are that Fortnite players will have to verify their accounts if they don’t want to lose access to them
Fortnite thief, scammer? What is it that Fortnite explains that we put money in the game to remove it and we have to enter the credit card code!!! @EpicGames
Fortnite thief, scammer? What is it that Fortnite explains that we put money in the game to remove it and we have to enter the credit card code!!! @EpicGames @FortniteGame https://t.co/iDBLk4JqZt
Some fans have been playing for more than four years, and losing their account would be a huge blow to them. After all, they have a lot of valuable cosmetic items that cost a lot.