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"Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental," says game developer


www.chepicap.com 06 January 2019 13:00, UTC
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According to the founder of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney,  the company responsible for the creation of the popular online multiplayer game, Fortnite, has announced that the company’s recent adoption of Monero for the games online merchandise shop was, “accidental”.

In a tweet, the developer addressed the rumors circulating of a partnership with the privacy coin Monero (XMR):

Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way Monero payment was enabled.https://t.co/vzmSCMey3T

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 6, 2019

Once and for all putting the Monero partnership rumors to sleep, Sweeney also hints that this may change in the future: 

Googling this, there’s quite a rumor mill out there. No, Epic doesn’t have any cryptocurrency partners and aren’t in any crypto partnership discussions with anyone. We do read lots of papers and talk to smart people to learn more in anticipation of an eventual intercept.

— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 6, 2019

Sweeny goes on to praise cryptocurrencies “decentralized” tech, before caveating that they are in need of volatility and fraud-proofing “before bringing it to such a broad audience that includes younger gamers.”

This came as a shock to many Monero (and possible Fortnite) fans who thought a legitimate partnership was in the works: 

Comment from discussion Actually, Fortnite accepting Monero was a brief mistake. No crypto partnerships or even partnership talks yet..
Comment from discussion Actually, Fortnite accepting Monero was a brief mistake. No crypto partnerships or even partnership talks yet..

#xmr is the only true private coin. Good choice - however accidental.

— Max Enko (@enkolab) January 6, 2019

It appears that, as of writing, the merchandising website has stopped accepting XMR as payment:

Read more: Fortnite merchandising store allows payments using Monero


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