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Epic Games Buys Kamu to Improve Fortnite’s Fairness and Security

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Good news for Fortnite fans of all ages. Epic Games, the company behind the popular video game, made a winning move by buying security firm Kamu.

Epic says that it’s trying to protect its players after thousands of people downloaded a virus-filled app that promised to generate V-bucks, the in-game currency used in Fortnite.

This isn’t the only time Fortnite has been the target of cyber attacks. Hackers also used another fake app to track the players’ locations and spy them through their devices’ cameras.

Kamu Has More Than 100 Million Users Worldwide

The Helsinki-based Kamu was established in 2013 to work on player administration, game telemetry, and game security, among other services. The company developed “Easy Anti-Cheat,” a service that incorporates anti-cheat software and multi-player game management. Kamu is presently used by more than 100 million gamers around the globe.

Besides improving cybersecurity, the company is also looking to use Kamu’s technology to ban cheaters from the game. Epic Games is already fighting this issue through a series of legal actions that include prosecuting a 14-year-old over claims that the underage player had “unlawfully modified” Fortnite and created “unauthorized derivative work.”

Before the buyout, Kamu had already partnered with Epic to improve players’ security and enforce better fairness features. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said:

“Kamu’s team and tools have been key to building a vibrant Fortnite multiplayer experience that’s fair for all players.”

Besides working on Epic Games products, Kamu will continue to provide their services to their existing customers, whether they use the Epic’s engine or not.

Epic Games will also use this acquisition to establish a strong presence in Helsinki and consolidate its position in Europe. The company plans to recruit new talent for developing its engine, online services, and other technology.

Fortnite Is More Important Than Cryptocurrency

Fortnite is by far the most successful video game on the planet, having over 125 million enrolled players. In May 2018, the game brought in $318 million across the console, PC and mobile categories, making about $2 million a day from iOS users only.

The Fortnite phenomenon has conquered gamers of all ages–and created panic among parents and even sports teams that now have to deal with possible Fortnite-addicted baseball players.

During the most recent earnings season, Fortnite surpassed crypto, in terms of how many times it came up in company calls to analysts. Fortnite registered 54 mentions from executives and analysts at tech giants, compared with talk of cryptocurrency, that was mentioned just 45 times.

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Christina is a B2B writer, MBA, fintech and crypto reporter with a fascination for technology and a passion for starting interesting conversations. When not at her computer you can find her surfing a wave or sipping on wine. Sometimes, at the same time.

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5 of Fortnite’s Top Players Have Won a Combined $1.2 Million So Far

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Fortnite’s top players are winning big with Battle Royale. The top five have netted $1,193,825 in prize money to date. US Player “Bizzle” is top of the rankings winning a total of $322,275, and all 20 of Fortnite’s top players have earned over $100,000 each.

According to figures from eSportsEarnings Battle Royale’s best players are earning thousands and in some cases hundreds of thousands, from playing Fortnite’s last-person standing, death-match style game.

Players battle it out in squads of four, teams of two, or on their own to survive in a time-limited, fictional island-based battle.

Since its launch in September 2017, Fortnite has accelerated rapidly in popularity, especially with pro-players and esports teams. Estimates suggest the game now has upwards of 80 million monthly players.

All five of Fortnite’s Top Players are based in the US. From the top 20 players, 13 are in the US, one is from Canada, and the remaining six are from European countries.

Fortnite’s Top Players

Timothy Miller AKA “Bizzle” – $322,275

Miller took the top spot away from Jake “POACH” Brumleve in early October by consistently winning in Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish and Fall Skirmish series. He placed second in the PAX West Summer Skirmish. Though he hasn’t won a week of the skirmish outright, Miller’s consistent ranking overall is paying off.

Jake Brumleve AKA “POACH” – $317,975

20-year-old Brumleve plays for esports Team Liquid. Like many Fortnite players, he’s also a YouTube celebrity. Born in Illinois he attends Iowa State University and was Fortnite’s top-winning player until his recent defeat.

Austin Etue AKA “Morgausse” – $250,000

Independent player Etue’s winnings come from his one major win of the Summer Skirmish Series finals at Pax West in Boston. The 19-year-old told ESPN his tournament winnings would be added to a bank balance of just $16, and that he’d be looking to invest at least some of the money after advice from his financial advisor.

Fortnite has so far rewarded players with over $10.5 million in winnings, with many of the top players earning even more from their YouTube platforms and non-game earnings, appearances, and royalties.

The game’s streaming icon Tyler Blevins, AKA “Ninja,” has reportedly earned nearly $6 million in total to date.

Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish matches had a total prize fund of $8 million, Fall Skirmish will have $10 million and Epic Games has committed to a $100 million total prize fund for the 2018-2019 gaming season.

The season is just getting started, many of Fortnite’s top players are expected to top winnings of over $1 million each from tournaments alone this time around.

Featured image Poach overtake by Bizzle, Dexerto.com

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