Epic Games takes a $520 Million Dollar L from Fortnite?!

Epic Games has been hit with a staggering $520 million fine by the FTC over its use of in-app purchases in Fortnite and child privacy concerns. The popular game company has been ordered to pay back every penny that it has made from children who have spent money on the game without their parent's permission. That's over half of a billion dollars, but imagine being a parent stuck with a big bill from what has been described as "Illegal Practices". Yikes!

Epic says they've "reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In it, Epic will pay $245 million USD to the FTC to resolve concerns related to past designs of the Fortnite item shop and refund systems in Fortnite, which the FTC will use to distribute to Epic customers at their discretion. Epic will also pay $275 million USD to the FTC to resolve concerns related to children’s privacy in Fortnite".

This is a huge blow to Epic Games, which has made billions of dollars from Fortnite and Fortnite merchandise. The company will now have to be much more careful about how it handles in-app purchases in the future, and it will send a message to other companies that may usher in two-way authentication for more free-to-play games.

Lastly, to end this article on a good note, please hurry over to Epic Games and grab a free game every day until Dec. 25th! These games cover different genres and they've been great options so far.

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