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Epic removes third-party Fortnite V-Buck purchases

Some Fortnite users were using fraudulent methods to obtain V-Bucks and selling them to other players. Epic is removing these V-Bucks and any items you purchased with them.

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Some Fortnite users were using fraudulent methods to obtain V-Bucks and selling them to other players. Epic is removing these V-Bucks and any items you purchased with them.

You may have seen some people advertising V-Buck services on Twitter. Suddenly, one of the people you follow was giving a shout-out to a third-part V-Buck store that gave them tens of thousands of V-Bucks.

You may have looked at these tweets and thought that they seemed too good to be true. How could someone sell V-Bucks by the truckload for less than they’re worth? Aren’t they getting the same prices as we are?

As it turns out, many of these services weren’t legitimate. Epic has been removing V-Bucks associated with some of these scams, as well as any purchases users have made with them. Some players – most likely the perpetrators – are having their accounts banned.

If you’re someone who bought V-Bucks from a third-party seller, you could be in danger of losing them. That’s not to say that all of these sellers obtained illegal V-Bucks, but some of them did.

According to community reports, some V-Buck retailers were buying V-Bucks with stolen accounts and selling them online. Others were buying V-Bucks, refunding the purchase, and keeping the Fortnite currency. Epic is systematically removing the V-Bucks obtained through these methods.

Fortnite news and content were slow at the beginning of the month. All of a sudden, several Fortnite data miners, pro players, and streamers began promoting these services. This came to my attention when data miner @Hypex was particularly aggressive in his marketing campaign – giving shout-outs to four different sellers in five tweets.

There is nothing to suggest that these sellers are involved in any illegal activity. Their V-Buck services have not been directly implicated in anything. For all we know, all of this was above-board and buyers have kept all of their V-Bucks. Many of these retailers seem to sell exclusive skins rather than V-Bucks, anyway.

Still, it was strange to see so much heavy-handed promotion going on across several people in the community. It seems like these V-Buck deals sprouted out of nothing.

I spoke with ShiinaBR at the time – another popular data miner – who assured me that his seller was 100% legitimate. He speculated that these services were using a Samsung promotion that allowed them to obtain cheaper – or even free – V-Bucks.

The moral of the story is this: don’t trust third-party V-Buck sellers. Yes, they may be legitimate and come by their V-Bucks honestly. There’s a chance that they aren’t though, and you could risk losing your money or even your account if you buy from them.

This warning does not apply as heavily to exclusive skins. They might be expensive, risky, and a waste of money as well; but they don’t appear to be obtained through illegal practices the same way V-Bucks have been.

Did you get burned by illegitimate V-Buck sellers? We’d love to hear your story. Send an email to [email protected] or DM @JimmyDangus on Twitter.

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Fortnite tease new Drift Crew skins

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Epic Games are dropping some cryptic hints relating to the iconic Drift character in Fortnite, and speculation suggests it’s all leading to a new Drift Crew skin.

On January 24, Epic Games posted a series of mysterious tweets, to get the community guessing.

Their first post referenced Drift directly, saying: “Drift? Drift. Come in. Do you read me?”

A series of messages followed, asking for help – presumably Drift’s help.

Data miner HYPEX was quick to highlight that these teasers are almost certainly connected to the upcoming new Drift Skin, which appears to be a female version of the fan-favorite skin.

Fortnite Crew is the monthly subscription service, and it’s expected that this new Drift skin will be included in the February edition of the subscription rewards.

Fortnite Monthly Crew Pack
The Fortnite Crew subscription includes V-Bucks plus cosmetic rewards.

The subscription grants players each new Battle Pass, plus 1,000 V-Bucks, in addition to the cosmetic rewards.

We’ll have to wait and see confirmation about the new Drift skin as we put January in the rearview mirror and move into February.

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Fortnite v15.21 update patch notes: Predator, Mythic Item, New Quests

Fortnite’s v15.21 update has shaken things up again, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

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Today’s Fortnite v15.21 update has shaken things up again in the battle royale game, adding Predator and a brand new Mythic Item to the mix.

The game has been subject to weekly updates for a long time now, meaning content is given a slight refresh some weeks, and on others things can change a bit more dramatically.

On January 20, after the latest patch was rolled out, it’s fair to say that not a lot of things have been tweaked.

In the absence of official patch notes, which have been vaulted since before Chapter 2 even began, we’ve rounded up the changes confirmed already by players and leaks.

Fortnite v15.21 patch notes

Predator

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite. Credit: Epic Games.

Predator is the latest crossover character to arrive in Fortnite, now available to fight at the Stealthy Stronghold location. The skin is also coming to the Fortnite Item Shop, along with some cosmetics – such as a pickaxe.

New Mythic Item: Predator Cloak Device

One of the biggest, and most exciting, elements of Predator’s arrival is the new Mythic Item it adds to the game. The Predator Cloak Device is now active in-game, and once it’s been found and activated, players can use it to turn invisible.

To get one, check out our complete guide here. It’s fairly easy to achieve.

New Quests

More Quests have been added to the Battle Pass for Season 5, following the v15.21 update.

The full list of these can be seen below, courtesy of HYPEX.

New Fortnite Quests. Credit: HYPEX.

Bug fixes and other changes

According to the official Fortnite Trello board, a number of things have changed – including general issues and things specifically impacting the BR mode.

General Top Issues

  • When playing Fortnite, players cannot create system-level parties that include players on both PS5 and PS4.
  • The Jumpshot Outfit is missing its facial hair.
  • The Banner menu may be unresponsive to controller inputs, causing players to have difficulty editing their Banner with a controller or the Banner not updating properly.
  • We’re investigating an issue that is causing players to experience a long loading screen after completing a session on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
  • The sound effect of certain actions, such as opening a Chest or hitting a Weak Point, may be delayed.

Battle Royale

  • In competitive playlists, players do not have access to their persistent stash of Bars. Instead, they are granted a set amount at the beginning of each match. This is intended. However, your end total of Bars in competitive playlists may appear in the Lobby in place of your persistent stash. This is a visual issue only.
  • The weekly Legendary Quest to ‘Get Headshots’ is not always visible after completing the first stage of the quest.
  • Players may receive damage mid-air when falling inside a car.
  • Players and Spectators may notice inconsistent camera behavior or stuttering after being near a Car they recently drove then exited.
  • Total Bars appearing as 0 in a match.
  • Assets appearing invisible in Performance Mode alpha.
  • Game freezing when going to the Compete tab on PlayStation/Xbox.
  • Sand Tunneling temporarily disabled.

As is the case every week with these unofficial patch notes, it’s an ever changing beast. If we find something that’s changed and not been included here in the Fortnite v15.21 patch notes, we’ll update you as quickly as we can.

Until then, jump in and see for yourself! Remember to thank the bus driver…

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How to go invisible in Fortnite with Predator Cloak Device

Predator has arrived in Fortnite just a week after the character’s ship landed, and he’s brought a brand new weapon.

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Predator has arrived in Fortnite Battle Royale just a week after the character’s ship landed on the island, and he’s brought a brand new weapon – or ability – to the fight.

One of the most sought after abilities in Fortnite, pretty much since Day 1, has been finding ways to turn invisible. Out of sight for enemies, and handing yourself a huge advantage.

In the past, this has been achieved with exploits using previously added invisibility items, or just glitches that make players pretty much impossible to take down.

However, a legitimate way of doing that – for a limited time – is now in the game.

How to use Predator’s Cloak device in Fortnite

The first-look footage of the Predator Cloak Device shows that the process of actually using it is quite simple.

As seen below, in a post from HYPEX, all you have to do is activate it once you have stumbled upon one and you’ll instantly turn invisible.

This is not the first item to be added to Fortnite that turns players invisible, with Shadow Stones appearing in the past, though developers will be hoping the rollout of this ability doesn’t turn out to be as glitchy as those that have came before it.

Cloak Device stats

Not only do we know how it works already, but also the stats for it as well. It lasts 30 seconds and requires a cooldown each time of the same amount, seen below from HYPEX again.

Players can activate this, of course, though we’re now aware the NPC Predator can also do it. This is going to make the character slightly harder to defeat than others.

How to get Fortnite Predator Cloak Device

The Predator Device can be obtained by taking down Predator in-game, much like any other boss the game’s added during Season 5.

After visiting Predator’s location and striking the character down, it will drop the following, as well as ammo and Floppers.

That’s it! Now you know how to use the Predator Cloak Device, and it looks like it’s going to be quite tricky to get one in-game – especially if the NPC is using it to escape your gunfire!

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