Epic Games cast themselves as the great heroes some time ago in the effort to take on Apple and its App Store taxes (the 30% cut)… most people did see through this as one corporation complaining they are giving too much to another corporation and that it had nothing to do with benefitting the end user really but either way it seems Epic Games are not quite the role models for change as they have been smushed hard by the FTC in the US
The fine which is reported to be $520 million dollars, is a record breaker and a lot of Fortnite skin sales…
The US Federal Trade Commission just hit the App Store critics at Epic Games with the “largest penalty ever” for children’s privacy violations and targeting kids with unwanted charges. The makers of Fortnite settled with the FTC for over half a billion dollars, according to the FTC statement.
The massive penalty includes two “record-breaking settlements,” says the FTC.
Epic Games failed to protect children’s privacy and violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Children’s privacy violations include allowing children and teenagers to be matched with strangers across the internet using voice communication while playing Fortnite. The feature was enabled by default regardless of age.