Epic Games has partnered with SuperAwesome to ensure a safer internet for kids. The cooperation began in September 2021 but has only recently been spotlighted due to an unusual user verification method. In addition, many Fortnite players who have not verified their accounts have received a removal warning. This has been happening since last week.
While this process is designed to protect young Internet users, both companies require adults to enter either a credit card number or the last four digits of their Social Security number to verify. the accounts of their children.
The community is complaining about it, but Epic Games is unlikely to change that. After all, this decision was not made by Epic itself. The company is required by law to enforce this verification procedure, which is not good.
Many players are skeptical about this process and have no confidence in the developer. However, they will need to complete the verification process because their Fortnite accounts are likely to be deleted otherwise.
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 have 30 days to verify their accounts, which is more than enough.
However, because accounts can only be authenticated by entering credit card information, many people are reluctant to participate in the authentication process.
Even if verifying a Fortnite account seems like a no brainer, sharing such sensitive information with a third party is risky. Even if Epic Games doesn’t use this information, we know why many players are embarrassed by it.
Many of them call this verification “disgusting” after realizing it is true. At first, almost everyone thought it was a scam because, for them, it was for sure.
According to Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, this verification is necessary because Fortnite is part of the Metaverse.
“Metaverse will be made up of many different experiences and not controlled by any company. It requires all of us, who are building for this future, to create experiences that are not only interoperable, but also take into account the safety of our audience- well, whatever the age.
In addition, the company must use this process due to different laws in the United States and Europe.
The internet is safer for children
Dylan Collins, the founder of SuperAwesome, talked about internet safety in September last year, especially with young viewers. He pointed out that there are many laws and regulations that require this type of verification.
“Regulators around the world have spearheaded the lawsuit by introducing laws aimed at making the internet safer for children, such as COPPA in the US, Children’s Code in the UK and GDPR-K in Europe… Verification Free Parenting is a critical step in the industry. to make it easier for everyone to say yes to child-safe experiences. »
It will be interesting to see if Epic Games changes about this process. However, it’s likely that Fortnite players will need to check their accounts if they don’t want to lose access.
Some fans have been playing for over four years and the loss of their accounts can shock them. After all, they have a lot of valuable cosmetic items that cost a lot of money.
Edited by Soumyadyuti Ghosh