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Fortnite Sneaky Snowman sweepstakes offers NVIDIA GeForce prize

Fortnite Sneaky Snowman sweepstakes offers NVIDIA GeForce prize

Epic Games added a new snowman item to Fortnite with its version 7.20 update, enabling players to wear a snow suit as a fun, wintery alternative to the bush camouflage. Though the bush wasn't terribly popular with players, the snowman and its waddle is amusing and has been used by streamers to create some hilarious situations. Thus arrives Epic's new Sneaky Snowman challenge.

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Fortnite patch notes detail sneaky snowmen, giant pyramids

Fortnite patch notes detail sneaky snowmen, giant pyramids

Right on schedule, Fortnite's weekly patch has launched, and there are a few interesting things being added to the game this time around. The first is the Sneaky Snowman, a new item you can use to potentially get the drop on your enemies. There's also a massive structure being added to The Block this week, along with the return of a familiar limited-time game mode.

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Fortnite will vault Quad Launcher and multiple other items

Fortnite will vault Quad Launcher and multiple other items

Epic Games has some changes planned for Fortnite later this week, including the vaulting of select items. The full list of in-game items that will be removed hasn't been revealed yet, but Fortnite: Battle Royale's design lead Eric Williamson revealed on Twitter today that the Quad Launcher will be among them. There will also be some changes to mobility and shields.

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Major Fortnite changes will no longer arrive before big tournaments

Major Fortnite changes will no longer arrive before big tournaments

Remember Fortnite's ill-fated sword and its appearance right before a big tournament? Fans do, and they're still salty about it. It quickly became apparent that the Infinity Blade was overpowered when players acquired it and proceeded to completely decimate the competition, resulting in high kill counts and little chance of surviving for everyone who didn't have the sword. Epic removed the sword following heavy criticism, and now it is back with a change that will prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.

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Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

A game as big as Fortnite is obviously going to be a target for the more unsavory people of the world. Though a major concern is children falling victim to phishing attempts or other scams, those usually require the victim to attempt logging in on a bogus website. Today, Check Point Research has detailed scary a Fortnite vulnerability that doesn't require victims to hand over their credentials before having their accounts compromised.

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Fortnite glider redeploy returns with a compromise for critics

Fortnite glider redeploy returns with a compromise for critics

Last year, Epic Games briefly added a glider redeploy feature into Fortnite's default game modes, enabling players to redeploy their glider after jumping from a height that would have previously eliminated them. The change proved very divisive among players who were split in opinions over whether the change made the game better or negatively impacted the experience. Now, months later, Epic Games has returned with a compromise.

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Epic Games Store now has a customer-friendly refund policy, matching Steam

Epic Games Store now has a customer-friendly refund policy, matching Steam

The Epic Games Store launched last month with the potential to make the biggest shake-up in the PC games marketplace since, well Steam, its biggest rival at this point. Unfortunately, it made its debut with a much more conservative refund policy than what Steam users are accustomed to. There's good news today, though, as Epic has announced a new refund system that allows players an unlimited number of refunds, making it an almost direct match for Valve's storefront.

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Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Unity: SpatialOS games are safe, Improbable isn’t

Earlier this week it was reported by Improbable that their system SpatialOS was in violation of an updated terms of service from Unity. Because of this update, said Improbable, SpatialOS games might not work in the near future - at least not with Unity tech. That would've been a major problem for some games/developers if it were true - but it wasn't. At least, not entirely. It wasn't the entirety of the story - so says an update from Unity.

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The Division 2 ditches Steam for Epic Games Store

The Division 2 ditches Steam for Epic Games Store

With its new PC games store, Epic is taking the fight directly to Steam. It's doing that by undercutting Steam on revenue sharing - while Valve's revenue sharing model starts off giving 70% of each sale to developers and goes up from there, Epic's model instead gives developers 88% of each sale from the very start. As you can imagine, that's likely to turn some heads among developers and publishers.

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Fortnite customer service gets a big fat “F” from BBB

Fortnite customer service gets a big fat “F” from BBB

For most video games, an increase of popularity means an increase in criticism as well. If Epic wasn't already aware that the two are usually intertwined, it does now, as the Better Business Bureau has given Epic Games an "F" rating. The Bureau says that this low rating is mostly down to a number of unanswered customer complaints.

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Epic Games Store’s next free game has been revealed

Epic Games Store’s next free game has been revealed

Epic Games is doing some interesting things to try to get users and developers over to its new store. On the developer side of things, Epic is offering a better revenue sharing model than some competitors, giving developers and publishers 88% of the revenue from game sales and keeping only 12% for itself. For gamers, one of the major hooks of the Epic Games Store is a rotating free game every two weeks.

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Fortnite players get glider as apology over event end date error

Fortnite players get glider as apology over event end date error

Epic Games has apologized over some misinformation regarding the end of its "14 Days of Fortnite" challenge. Players had been told in certain social circles that the event would end a few days after New Year's Day, something that didn't pan out in the end. The event is already over and some players are upset that they missed out on the unlockable gear.

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