Fortnite on iOS and Google Play will be 18+ from January 30 • TechCrunch

As of January 30, version 13.40 of Fortnite on iOS and Google Play will no longer be available to players under the age of 18, Epic Games has Announced. Although Fortnite was removed from the iOS, macOS, and Google Play stores in August 2020, users who already had it installed can still play the game, but it has been stuck on the v13.40 update and has had some bugs. Players will no longer be able to spend V-Bucks, the in-app in-game currency, starting January 30.

“We want all versions of our games to use the current suite of Epic Online Services, including parental controls, purchase defaults, and parental verification features,” the company said in a tweet. “We are unable to update the app on these platforms due to Apple and Google’s restrictions on Fortnite.”

In December, Epic Games introduced limited accounts that prevent kids from spending money in the Fortnite in-game store and using voice chat without parental consent. That same month, Epic Games agreed to pay $520 million in penalties related to allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that Fortnite violated the Children’s Online Privacy Act and also misled people into making unintentional purchases.

Although Epic Games has addressed these concerns with new updates, Fortnite on iOS devices and Google Play cannot receive updates. As a result, blocking access for anyone under the age of 18 was the only option available to Epic Games. To address the FTC’s claim that Fortnite tricked players into making unintentional purchases, the company is removing the ability to spend V-Bucks.

It’s worth noting that most gamers probably won’t be affected by the new restrictions that will be implemented in a few days, as there are ways to access the popular game without having to go through the App Store or Google Play stores. For example, if you want to access the game on iOS or macOS, you can do so through GeForce Now. You can also download the game natively for Android from the Epic Games website.

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