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‘Fortnite’ has become a cultural phenomenon, and mega-hit video game developer Epic Games, with 125 million players around the world. What is it that makes this game so hugely popular, and how did it come this far?
A 13-year-old boy learned a valuable lesson after his “Fortnite” account was hacked and his video game character was killed by a stranger during a game session from last week.
Jake Bates, of Mason, Ohio, was in an intense battle with another gamer, discussing the action on a pair of headphones, when the player voluntarily transfer of new, cool skins if he gave him the access to his account.
Bates, eager to free articles, agreed, and said to the unknown player are username and password.
“If he has logged into his account, he took everything,” Bates’s mother, Amy, told WLWT. “The man took his into account, but also took his e-mail account and the passwords changed, changed the recovery password and the phone number.”
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The teen suddenly realized he was in trouble. The stranger now had access to his personal data, including his mother’s credit card number. And even more devastating for the “Fortnite” lover, the impostor killed a character, Bates spent “hundreds of” euro — to pay for different skins, according to WLWT.
“It’s really scary,” Amy told the news station, adding that her son “feels violated” by the alien act.
Epic Games, the developer of the popular game, told Fox News on Friday that “Fortnite” users are warned not to share personal information.
“We encourage any player who has any issues with their account to reach out to our player support. In addition, players should never share their password or other personal information with others. This is true not only for Fortnite, but all the online account services,” Epic Games said in a statement.
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Epic Games’ free ‘Fortnite Battle Royale” spin-off is extremely popular, and was the most viewed game on YouTube earlier this year to outdo “Minecraft” “PUBG” and “Clash Royale,” according to data released in March by influencer marketing platform Matchmade.
“Fortnite,” described as a cross between Minecraft and a shooter-survival game allows players to fight against other players, enemies and build shelters while navigating a vast landscape.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this report.
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