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Epic announce $500,000 Fortnite Secret Skirmish event

Published: 18/Jan/2019 15:44 Updated: 18/Jan/2019 16:50

by Matt Porter

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Epic Games have announced a brand new Fortnite esports event set for February, titled the Secret Skirmish.

The Fortnite tournament will take place on February 14 and 15 2019, from a “classified, undisclosed testing facility,” with $500,000 on the line.

The event will be an invitational, with Epic Games stating that they will be bringing in the top players from each Open event that has been held on Fortnite so far.

Matches will be broadcast via Fortnite’s official channels, and the developers state that fans can expect the “same high-powered matches as TwitchCon and PAX,” but should keep an eye out for new additions to the broadcast throughout the two day event.

The Secret Skirmish will be used to prepare the broadcast team for the Fortnite World Cup, which is set to take place later in 2019. While no details have been made available yet, Epic Games did say that they will be releasing more information about qualifying for the World Cup in the near future.

The Secret Skirmish will be broadcast from a “classified, undisclosed testing facility.”

The reveal of the Secret Skirmish comes on the back of Epic Games’ announcement that they are changing their approach to competitive Fortnite, and specifically the way in which they release updates before major tournaments.

Epic have previously released a number of game-changing additions days, and sometimes hours, before an event, leading to a great deal of criticism from the Fortnite community. This is set to change in 2019, with Epic stating that they will adjust update releases to fit with competitive needs.

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Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos

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Fortnite players have made big claims that Epic is leaking player logins through the battle royale’s in-game leaderboard. However, the developer has insisted the system is safe, and there’s been no evidence of hacked accounts through it.

Security scares are no joke, and while developers do their best to keep them underwraps, they can sometimes appear where you least expect them.

That’s what Fortnite pro Jonathan ‘Yung Calculator’ Weber was claiming after being mysteriously logged out of his account. The Built By Gamers player claimed Fortnite’s in-game leaderboards were leaking players’ private information, including email addresses.

People could then use these emails to either try and brute force hack accounts, or reset passwords and kick players out of the game.

“Guys, Epic Games’ infrastructure is so dogmeat that if you don’t have this turned off, people can find your email,” he said.

“That’s kind of bad on its own, but then if they have your email, they can send password resets to your account. That’s fine normally ⁠— on Twitter, it means nothing normally ⁠— but on Epic Games, it logs you out in-game.”

“This has happened to Clix, Nick Eh 30, Nate Hill ⁠— everyone. Epic Games has no idea what they’re doing. Their infrastructure is garbage. They need to change it ⁠— it’s disgraceful.”

However, people aren’t sold on Yung’s story. Fortnite dataminer ‘FNBRUnreleased’ has stated that it’s impossible. Epic’s API doesn’t allow for the sharing of information like Yung and others think.

“It is not possible to view the email of another person’s Epic [account]. Epic’s API does not work like that. I’ve been seeing this rumor from [Yung Calculator] spreading false information,” they claimed.

FNBRUnreleased’s standpoint has been backed up by Epic. The developer published a statement in response to Yung’s claims, saying leaderboards do not leak any players’ secure information.

“We investigated reports that leaderboards were divulging non-public information or causing unauthorized logouts. This is not the case.

“We are certain that affected accounts remain secure, player info (incl. email addresses) isn’t being divulged & any logout issue is resolved.”

For now, players should just always make sure their passwords are strong to best protect against any leak. Plus, turn on two-factor authentication if you can.