The web shop for the most popular game of this moment will not accept crypto payments after all. The Fortnite Shop was accepting payments exclusively in Monero (XMR), but according to Epic Games boss Tim Sweeney this happened by accident. Currently XMR no longer is a payment option in the online shop.
Fortnite t-shirts and sweaters can still be bought, but only using traditional payment systems like Paypal. Using the in-game currency V-Bucks players can also buy in-game cosmetics for their playable character. For the time being Epic Games will not make a move into the world of crypto and blockchain technology.
But despite Epic Games denying Monero as a payment option, the company is researching options for future usage of the blockchain. However, Sweeney stated that there’s lots of work to be done in regards of value volatility and fraud prevention, ‘before bringing it to such a broad audience that includes younger gamers’.
Even though Epic Games is not making a move into blockchain technology just yet, there are other gaming companies out there that do. Rotterdam based game studio Codeglue is making an online multiplayer game where wizards battle each other with magical powered cards. Ubisoft is investigating blockchain technology and established the Blockchain Game Alliance with companies from both sectors, while investors are pumping more money into blockchain games. Tron wants its Tron Network to be one of the biggest parties in blockchain video games. They have established a 130 million dollar fund for developers creating games on their blockchain.
With Plague Hunters, a remake version of Plague Road, is soon launching on Playstation 4. This will be the first blockchain powered game on a video game console. Some items in this game are non-fungible tokens (NFTs) that are actually owned by the players. Ownership is stored on the blockchain, and the players themselves create the value of those tokens. It’s a turn-based tactical combat game where you explore a post-apocalyptic wasteland in search of survivors, loot and answers.
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