Fortnite skins items removed Switch method theft Epic Games

Fortnite skins and all those exclusive items don’t come cheap. It’s a huge moneymaker for Epic Games, and the one thing they don’t like is when players try to cheat them out of paying for those purchases. An exploit only on the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite lets players do something called the “Switch method.” What does this mean? Players purchase V-Bucks and then do what is called a chargeback on their credit card. They get the money refunded to them, but any V-Bucks purchased stay in that player’s account. Epic is essentially being scammed out of that money for those purchases, and the Switch method is credit card fraud.

Now Epic is cracking down on these fraudsters by removing any purchases bought using this exploit. So if you have any V-Bucks or skins that were not paid for, sorry to say Epic is taking them back. It wasn’t just players using the Switch method though. Third-party sellers were also using it to get the currency. So if players were purchasing V-Bucks from third-party sellers, chances are those V-Bucks were illegal. It may seem a tad unfair to some that Epic Games has started to remove these purchases, but in truth, it is ultimately fraud what third-party sellers were doing.

Epic is cracking down on everyone

Unsuspecting buyers from those sellers also fell victim to Epic’s crackdown. They didn’t know the V-Bucks were purchased illegally and have asked Epic to restore those items. Should Epic make exceptions to innocent victims? Probably not. At the end of the day, just buy your V-Bucks legally and through official channels and, you know, pay for them. Is Epic being too harsh? Let us know in the comments, and if you have been using the “Switch method,” you have been forewarned that Epic is on to you.

Tarah Bleier
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