Fortnite players shocked to discover return of previously vaulted item - Dexerto

Fortnite players shocked to discover return of previously vaulted item

Published: 28/Dec/2018 15:12 Updated: 28/Dec/2018 16:48

by David Purcell


Many players have been enjoying the limited time game modes added in the 14 Days of Fortnite event during the festive period, but some players have been shocked to find an item which was vaulted by Epic Games long ago. 

On December 26, Epic announced that the Sneaky Silencers LTM would be returning to the popular Battle Royale game, but little did gamers know that they would also see the return of Smoke Grenades. 

The Fortnite item was introduced in Patch 1.9.1 but was removed from the game in March with Patch 3.5, so you can understand people’s surprise when they saw them reappear during the event. 

It is unknown as to whether their inclusion in the Sneaky Silencers LTM is intentional or not, but some players have been sharing videos on social media, clearly shocked by their return (as seen below). 

The item’s only real function, as you might expect, is to impair the vision of an enemy by creating a puff of smoke – similar to the Stink Bomb which was introduced in Patch 5.40, but without the damage. 

It has happened before, where vaulted items and weapons have been known to pop back up on Fortnite, with cases such as the Infinity Blade, and some fans would like to see one or two of them make a return in the future. 

For example, one fan recently posted an idea to Reddit where they suggested Epic should bring back the Clinger to help combat the game’s X-4 Stormwing attack planes. 


Epic responds to concerns over leaked Fortnite player logins

Published: 22/Jan/2021 6:45

by Andrew Amos


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.