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Fortnite teen hackers 'earning thousands of pounds a week'

Fortnite teen hackers 'earning thousands of pounds a week'

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Children as young as 14 are making thousands of pounds a week as part of a global hacking network built around the popular video game Fortnite.About 20 hackers told the BBC they were stealing the private gaming accounts of players and reselling them online.Fortnite is free to play but is estimated to have made more than £1bn through the sale of "skins", which change the look of a character, and other add-ons.This fuels a growing black market.Hackers can sell player accounts for as little as 25p or hundreds of pounds, depending on what they contain. The items are collected as in-game purchases but are purely cosmetic and do not give gamers any extra abilities.Fortn...
Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

Fortnite to skip Google Play on Android

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The developer of Fortnite has confirmed it will bypass the Google Play app store when the game is released for Android smartphones.The Google Play store lets Android users buy and download apps using a simple interface, although Google takes a 30% cut of sales made.Epic Games' chief executive Tim Sweeney said 30% was "disproportionate" to the contribution Google made.The studio has not yet announced when the game will arrive on Android.Fortnite Battle Royale sees 100 players land on an island to look for weapons and build defences. The person who survives the longest wins.The game is free to play, although gamers can choose to buy cosmetic customisations such as clothes and dance moves for their character.In a statement about the...
Fortnite: A fortnight in my 40s in Battle Royale

Fortnite: A fortnight in my 40s in Battle Royale

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I leap from the battle bus and land in the middle of what appears to be a deserted island, carrying only a pickaxe as a weapon. As I start running, I hear the sound of gunshots in the distance. Almost immediately I'm dodging bullets and suddenly I'm dead - shot by one of the other 99 players on the island.I'm playing Fortnite, the video game phenomenon. According to developer Epic Games, more than 125 million other players are also in its grip.It's the first time I've properly dedicated myself to a game since Tomb Raider in the 1990s, when I was a 20-something rather than the 40-something I am today. Battle Royale is Fortnite's most popular mode. One hundred of us collect weapons, build defences ...
Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

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Sony chiefs are under pressure to respond to complaints about "cross-play" restrictions imposed on Fortnite.Gamers have discovered that if they had first played the title on a PlayStation console, they are unable to use the same Fortnite account with the newly released Nintendo Switch edition.This prevents them from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued.There is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch.Gamers were already unable to share a Fortnite account between Microsoft and Sony's platforms. But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and...