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Month: February 2019

As a free-to-play title, Apex Legends has to generate revenue somehow, and the best way to do that in an online multiplayer game is to borrow concepts from popular titles like Fortnite and Overwatch. That means letting players party real money for character costumes, weapon skins, and various other collectibles that don’t affect gameplay, but make you look cool or unique while you play.APEX LEGENDS’ POPULARITY COULD SUFFER FROM ITS SKY-HIGH MICROTRANSACTION PRICES

Apex Legends, however, has a particularly aggressive pricing model and an overly complex economy. Now, players are starting to voice concern about how that model could eventually harm its longevity, as more revenue from microtransactions likely translates to a more robust development team, faster updates, and more support from EA.

As it stands, Apex Legends charges as much as $18 for singular weapon and legend skins. That’s more than Epic fortnite v bucks generator has charged for all but the rarest Fortnite items, and it’s particularly egregious when you consider that there’s no easy way to play Apex enough to earn any of them in a realistic fashion, at least until Respawn launches its battle pass subscription service next month. For its Valentine’s Days event, Respawn released a character banner — one that only displays http://zyngaplayerforums.com/poker/discussion/3167284/fortnite-free-v-bucks-generator-free-v-bucks-generatorat the beginning of a game and in select moments while you’re playing — and a weapon skin that cost $11 each. It’s a particularly frustrating price point, as it requires players buy at least $20 of in-game currency because the next-lowest tier is a $10 bundle.

Part of the reason behind the focused anger — around a game that is otherwise awash in well-earned praise — is that EA and Respawn have instituted a complicated, multi-currency economy that doesn’t seem to reward you fairly for time spent. You can buy some of those absurdly pricey, $18 items outright by buying Apex Coins, but if you want a chance at earning them on your own, you have a few options and none of them are particularly well designed. You can buy lootbox-style Apex Packs at $1 apiece and hope you get a rare item among the hundreds of throwaway ones like voice lines and profile trackers. Or you can level up to earn an additional separate currency, Legend Tokens, that only let you buy certain items.

Additionally, you can save up enough “scrap” (an entirely separate third currency) that lets you craft some of these items. But the only way to earn scrap is to open Apex Packs, which, again, can only be bought or earned by leveling up. Yet Respawn reduces the frequency you get awarded packs by leveling up the more you play the game, encouraging players to buy them as they become more invested. (Granted, the element here that does affect gameplay, new characters like Mirage and Caustic, can be purchased relatively easily using Legend Tokens.)

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The end result of this complex web of currencies and reward mechanisms is a microtransaction system that players are starting to outright reject just two weeks after release. On the dedicated Apex Legends subreddit, which has ballooned to nearly half a million users, a number of multi-thousand-comment threads have popped up this past week addressing the issue. “Respawn, I would not hesitate to impulse purchase $3-5 for cosmetic items. $11-18 though? Will not even consider it,” reads one. “So far, the store seems to be predatory,”

After some detective work, Rainway noticed that the 78,000 users responsible for the error reports had one thing in common – they all played Fortnite.

In an attempt to figure out why only Fortnite players were generating the advert related error reports, Rainway checked out a few YouTube videos that offered ways to cheat in the popular game.

“We finally found a match in a hack claiming to allow players to generate free V-Bucks and use an aimbot, two birds with one stone, how could someone resist?”

Sure enough, the infected Fortnite players downloaded the program that claimed to be a free v bucks generator and an aimbot all in one. Of course, the program was just malware. Rainway describes how the hack works:

“We then spun up a virtual machine and ran the hack, it immediately installed a root certificate on the device and changed Windows to proxy all web traffic through itself. A successful Man in the Middle Attack.

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A ‘Man in the Middle’ attack is when your data is secretly routed through a third-party location, instead of going direct to the source.

If you are worried about your PC getting infected, the simple solution is to not cheat and you should be fine.

Rainway would like to see Epic take a stronger stance against cheating and put more of an effort in removing YouTube scam videos.

“Epic could do a better job at educating their users on these malicious programs and helping them understand how airtight Fortnite’s systems are at preventing cheating. I’d also recommend they spend more time moderating YouTube to help take down these videos to avert a countless number of people from pwning themselves. Sometimes the allure of cheating is powerful, and a strong presence is needed to help push people in the right direction

Epic Games unveiled an impressive new Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic called the Galaxy skin. The new cosmetic gives characters a cosmic makeover, complete with glowing, galactic bodies, and a halo of orbiting space bits. Many were eager to get their hands on it, but there was just one catch: unlocking the Galaxy skin requires fans to play the game on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 are two brand new, high-end handsets, and so unless players are in the market for a new device specifically, that would be one pricey purchase just to unlock a Fortnite skin. As such, some players have come up with a sneaky way of unlocking it for their accounts.

On social media, players have explained that they have been going into electronics retailers such as Best Buy and have been downloading 
free v bucks generator on the company’s demo units of the Note 9 and Tab S4. Unlocking the skin requires players to play three rounds of Fortnite on the device, and so players have to distract store employees, sometimes convincing them they’re in the market for an upgrade, so they can be left alone to play the game.

Throwing a spanner in the works is the fact that the Fortnite Galaxy skin can only be unlocked once from each device. This means that players will have to find a Note 9 or Tab S4

that hasn’t previously been used to unlock the Galaxy skin, which is something that takes a reasonable amount of difficulty to do given how popular the method is.

There’s also the fact that some demo units are restricted to retail mode, which means that by default, no additional apps can be installed. As such, Fortnite players have detailed workarounds including disabling retail mode and connecting the unit to the data on their actual phone (as a hotspot).


It’s already no secret that scammers have been trying to make a quick buck by offering gamers free V-Bucks, the virtual currency that Fortnite players use to buy new items and skins in the popular battle royale game.

V-Bucks can be obtained only by directly earning or buying them in the game itself, but early in October Action Fraud sent out an alert that online fraudsters were promising to give them away for nothing.

Now, ZeroFOX has revealed the true scale of this problem, with its research finding that there were 53,000 separate alerts for V-Buck scams in September alone.

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And 86% of these originated from social media sites like Twitter, where anonymous posters urge gamers to click on dodgy links in order to receive ‘free V-Bucks.’

One other common form of the scam involves ‘V-Bucks Generators,’ which are pages on websites where Fortnite players are urged to enter their personal information, including their financial details.

ZeroBOX has found 4,770 live websites related to such scams, while it discovered over 1,390 YouTube videos that also end up requiring players to click links and enter personal data in return for non-existent V-Bucks.

No less alarmingly, it also warns gamers of fake Fortnite apps on the Google Play Store, which some gamers download under the mistaken assumption that these are the actual Fortnite game.

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The ONLY way to obtain Fornite’s V-Bucks is through the game itself

How to avoid ‘free’ V-Bucks scams

ZeroFOX concludes its report by writing, “As with anything you do online, make sure to do your due diligence before sharing a username, credit card numbers or any other personal information.”

This is solid advice, but here are a few other pointers that should help you avoid falling victim to the kinds of tricks outlined above:

  • Players can obtain fortnite v bucks glitch no human verification xbox one only in Fortnite itself, so any online offer of ‘free’ V-Bucks is guaranteed to be malicious
  • Avoid Fortnite-related websites with words like ‘free’ and ‘gift’ in their addresses and names: these are likely to be scam sites
  • Don’t click on links you don’t trust, or which don’t show you their actual destination address
  • Never enter your Fortnite account details anywhere outside of official Epic Games and Fortnite platforms

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