Fortnite Merch Store Is Accepting Cryptos in 2019

Two of the biggest trends of the decade, Fortnite and cryptocurrency, are actually coming together to offer their fans something new in 2019.

The blockchain platform that is famous for being opaque as opposed to being transparent, Monero kick started the new year with an announcement to which both, Fortnite and crypto enthusiast can toast to. Retail Raw, which is the official merchandise store for the online video game, Fortnite, will be adding cryptocurrency as a mode of payment to their options. However, the store will exclusively be accepting Monero’s XMR, and not other cryptocurrencies.

Developed by Epic Games in the July of 2017, Fortnite reportedly has more than 125 million people hooked on to the video game, worldwide. In the October of 2018, the company Epic Games was valued at over $15 billion in its latest funding round. And the fact that Fortnite has been such a hit has probably something to do with Epic Games soaring high.

Retail Row, on the other hand, supports the crypto payment service GloBee, which surprisingly allows retailers to accept several cryptocurrencies, including  Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC) and Ripple (XRP). Despite that, XMR is the only digital cryptocurrency that is supported by the store. However the store doesn’t restrict its customers to only XMR, customers have the luxury to make payments in a variety of conventional methods, like credit cards and Paypal.

The reason behind Fortnite’s exclusivity could be due to its rather sour history with Bitcoin. In the October of 2018, Malwarebytes, which is a cyber security firm, uncovered that scammers were using a malware specifically targeting the Bitcoin (BTC) wallet addresses of Fortnite gamers. Apparently con artists were sneaking malicious data theft code into downloads that made false promises of “free” season six Fortnite Android versions, among other bogus cheats, wallhacks and aimbots.

That’s not all, the in game currency of the video game, V-Bucks were also compromised. According to the investigation, free V-Bucks concealed malicious packages of code. Malwarebytes discovered that deceptive links were promoted via scammers’ YouTube channels, which redirected users to download the concealed malware.

It appears 2019 is going to be an interesting year for Fortnite players, with this step. For more updates, stay tuned to BlockPublisher.

Abeer Anwaar

Abeer holds a Bachelors degree in Media studies and covers blockchain startups for BlockPublisher. An optimist, excels in the art of the written word and swears by the joy of all things sweet. Contact the editor at editor.startups@blockpublisher.com

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