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Epic Games double down on preventing Fortnite cheaters with latest purchase

by Ross Deason

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Epic Games have made it clear that cheating in Fortnite Battle Royale will not go unpunished on a number of occasions and their latest purchase only serves to enforce that.

The developers of the incredibly popular game have officially purchased Kamu, a firm that specializes in security, player management and anti-cheat technology, for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Helsinki, Kamu has already been working with Epic Games and Fortnite for some time and will continue to offer services to other customers and engines, regardless of the acquisition.

According to gamesindustry.biz, Epic Games’ CEO Tim Sweeney had this to say about the news: “Building and launching games today is incredibly challenging, and only half the battle. Kamu's tools for managing live games help developers grow and sustain their games successfully after launch."

More important to the average Fortnite fan is what the move will mean for the game’s anti-cheat development as more and more players appear to be finding ways to gain an unfair advantage, particularly on PC.

What anti-cheat work is being done is currently uncertain. The entire nature of working against hackers means that we might never know exactly what Epic and Kamu are doing to tackle it, just that they definitely are doing something!

"Joining the Epic family is not only a childhood dream come true, but a huge boost for our mission to help developers create beautiful gaming experiences,” said Simon Allaeys, the CEO of Kamu. “Battling cheating in games was just the start; today our products also help developers stay competitive by identifying player needs as quickly as they emerge."

Kamu currently serves over 100 million PC players worldwide, providing a whole host of different services.