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Child predator allegedly “groomed” children using Fortnite

Published: 18/Jan/2019 18:02

by Wyatt Donigan


While Fortnite Battle Royale has seen immense success since its release in 2017, it looks as though the game might have been utilized in one of the most disturbing ways possible.

Anthony Gene Thomas, a 41-year-old Floridian, has been accused of unlawful sex with a minor as well as being in possession of various forms of child pornography.


According to an official statement from Florida attorney general Ashley Moody, Thomas’ main method of meeting children was through voice chat in Fortnite.

Once he came into contact with the victim, Thomas allegedly groomed them using money and other gifts, including a cell phone used to keep in close contact.


This eventually led to a meeting in person at Thomas’ home where the sexual offenses took place.

After the child was reported missing and later returned home, police searched Thomas’ home, finding pornographic images and videos of the victim.

Epic GamesFortnite has seen massive success since its launch in September of 2017.

While this victim is the only known one to have reportedly come into contact with Thomas, police believe there could be as many as 20 additional victims still to be found.


Given that this crime happened using Fortnite’s in-game voice chat, parents are being encouraged to pay close attention to their children’s interactions online.

“Additionally, parents need to know that predators will use any means possible to target and exploit a child. I am asking parents and guardians to please make sure you know who your children meet online, and talk to them about sexual predators,” urged Moody in her official statement.

Epic GamesSquads is one of the most popular modes in Fortnite and voice chat is frequently used to aid in victory.

While voice chat is a popular mode of communication for online games, this case is just another example of the potential downfalls of such forms of contact. 


It should be noted that voice chat can be disabled in the settings menu of Fortnite and every other online title.


How to complete Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 challenges

Published: 8/Oct/2020 0:31

by Brad Norton


We’re now in the seventh week of Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season meaning that there’s not long to go until the current battle pass items are locked away for good. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest challenges to help with your experience gains.

As with every other season, XP is vital in Fortnite. Whether you’re trying to unlock one of the 100 base tiers in the Season 4 Battle Pass, or you’re pushing beyond that for ultra-rare skins, there’s always something to pursue.


Challenges are often the best way to help boost your XP gains. Most can be knocked off in a matter of minutes for some of the biggest XP dumps possible in the battle royale. If you’ve already been ticking objectives off each week, you’ll feel right at home this time around.

From searching chests to tallying eliminations, the Week 7 challenges couldn’t be simpler. Here’s our complete overview of the eight unique tasks on offer.

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Be on the lookout for enemies near Doom’s Domain this week.

You’ll be jumping around the map quite a bit this week as almost every challenge will take you to a new location. Finding eliminations at Craggy Cliffs should be a breeze as this is sure to be a hotspot over the next few days. Just be prepared for an immediate fight every time you drop here in Week 7.

The same can be said for Doom’s Domain as players will be looking to enter the vault for easy XP. Make sure you have a decent loadout before heading in as you’re sure to face some opposition here.

One rather unique challenge this week asks you to deal damage in a very specific way. First, you’ll need to find and equip Storm’s Whirlwind Blast ability. Once you’ve got an enemy in your sights, use this ability to knock them back. Once they’re pushed off course, you’ll then need to swap your weapons and deal 1,000 damage.


To tick off multiple challenges at once, you could always find Storm’s ability, then head to Craggy Cliffs, or even Coral Castle. The full list of objectives for Week 7 can be found below.

Fortnite Season 4 Week 7 Challenges:

  • Search Chests at Catty Corner (7)
  • Eliminations at Craggy Cliffs (3)
  • Enter the Vault in Doom’s Domain
  • Destroy Cobwebs at The Authority (3)
  • Discover Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House laboratory
  • Drive a car from Sweaty Sands to Misty Meadows in less than 4 minutes without getting out
  • Deal damage after knocking an opponent back with Storm’s Whirlwind Blast (1,000)
  • Deal damage to opponents at Coral Castle (500)
Fortnite gameplay
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Stark Industries will be swarmed by teams looking for the secret Lake House

If you’re struggling with the unique tasks this week, here’s a few quick pointers. Storm’s ability can be used to knock enemies off high ground vantage points. Any fall damage will count towards your weekly objective.

Additionally, Tony Stark’s hidden Lake House can be found just North of the Stark Industries POI.