Fortnite revokes Monero payments calling it accidental
Numerous reports from last week claimed that Monero [XMR] was being accepted by Retail Row, the Fortnite merchandise store. The reports indicated that the store is only accepting Monero among all cryptocurrencies through the payment provider GloBee. GloBee is a crypto payment provider that facilitates merchants to accept crypto assets risk-free.
There was no official announcement of Monero being accepted by the gaming platform. Reportedly, the company learned of the news accidentally.
Monero dubbed the exclusive inclusion of their cryptocurrency as their success over other major cryptocurrencies. Riccardo Spagni, project lead at the company, commented that Bitcoin was not chosen because of the lack of privacy that Monero extends to their users.
Why aren’t they allowing bitcoin?
— Samantha Chang (@samantha_chang) January 1, 2019
Unfortunately, marring the newly achieved acclaim, Tim Sweeney, the CEO of Fortnite said the acceptance of Monero as a payment option was “accidental”. He said in a Twitter post that they were working with a partner to open a merchandise store and XMR payments were enabled accidentally during the process.
Actually, Fortnite’s brief foray into crypto was accidental. We worked with a partner to open a merchandise store, and somewhere along the way Monero payment was enabled.https://t.co/vzmSCMey3T
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) January 6, 2019
Fortnite has since rectified the mistake and taken out the GloBee payment option from their platform.
Monero is reportedly used by terrorists for terrorist operations and has had multiple instances of crypto jacking associated with it. Recently, McAfee Labs found a new Russian Monero cryptojacking malware, Webcobra which was used to mine XMR from the user’s computers. Monero is reported to be a preferred target for cryptojackers.
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