Valve responds to Epic Games allegedly “Stealing steam user data” and copying a Steam user data file called localconfig.vdf. The news went out thanks to a Reddit post in which user notte_m_portent detailed several issues with Epic Games as well as what was going on in the background. The whole post is worth the read In a statement sent to Bleeping Computer today, Valve’s Doug Lombardi said that the company is “looking into what information the Epic launcher collects from Steam.” It sounds like Valve isn’t too pleased about the whole thing. “The Steam Client locally saves data such as the list of games you own, your friends list and saved login tokens (similar to information stored in web browser cookies),” wrote Lombardi. “This is private user data, stored on the user’s home machine and is not intended to be used by other programs or uploaded to any 3rd party service. “Interested users can find localconfig.vdf and other … [Read more...] about Valve Responds To Epic Games “Stealing Data”
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A now-fixed security hole in the account system of Fortnite devs Epic Games could let scoundrels log in as other folks and even buy things, just by getting them to click on a dodgy link. Unlike many phishing schemes, this worked by hijacking the user’s authentication token – not even needing to trick them into entering their username and password. Epic say they’ve now fixed it but oof, that’s a bad’un. On the bright side, hey kids, you now have a great excuse for why your dad’s credit card bill shows someone spent £50 on virtuadances. The exploit targeted users signing in through third-party accounts like Google, Facebook, PlayStation, or Xbox rather than signing up directly for an Epic account. “For the attack to be successful, all a victim needs to do is click on the malicious phishing link the attacker sends them,” explained Check Point Software, who brought it to public attention yesterday. “To increase the likelihood of a … [Read more...] about Epic fix security hole able to get into you account from clicking a link
It's shiny, it's brand new, it's causing confusion - the Epic Games Store is here, and all eyes are on the platform to see whether it can truly rival Steam. It's already received praise for offering developers a generous revenue split of 88/12 compared to Steam (which currently offers 75/25 or 80/20 for games that generate over $10m). Yet over the past few days, concerns have been raised over whether the Epic Games Store will treat customers with similar fairness - with many pointing to its current refund policy as a potential source of problems. There's a lot of confusion here, however, so here's a breakdown of what we know so far about the Epic Games Store's refund policy. The online discussion began when users on Twitter and Reddit posted pictures showing automatic responses customers are currently receiving when they try to get a refund for their games. Pointing to an Epic Games Store FAQ page which states "a full refund will be offered for any requests made within 14 days of … [Read more...] about What’s the deal with Epic Games Store refunds?
Sony finally relented on it’s no cross-platform multiplayer policy yesterday, with Fortnite being the guinea pig for this endeavour. Fortnite fans were delighted to know that they could log into their Epic account and link all their different accounts together. PS4 players who held off creating another account to play on a different console that allowed for cross-platform play can now connect all their devices to one account so that they can play with the same character they’ve no doubt spent hours and/or real money on improving. Some PS4 players created a new Epic account when it became apparent you couldn’t use your login on the Switch or any other console except your PS4. There was an outcry from the Fortnite community, with Sony originally doubling down on their decision to block cross-platform play. The decision to allow cross-play came as a surprise, but it was a welcome one nevertheless. In response to this, Epic Games has announced that it is looking at a way … [Read more...] about Epic Games working on account merging and unlinking consoles from accounts
The recently discovered Intel Meltdown security vulnerability has led to severe online service degradation in Fortnite. The community has been finding it difficult as of late to log into the game without facing long queues, a problem being birth from the servers undergoing extensive downtimes for unscheduled maintenance. Posting on the official forums this week, Epic Games announced that the ongoing patches to address the Intel Meltdown flaw are the reason for the recent performance issues faced by Fortnite. The publisher explained that the game heavily relies on third-party cloud services to power its battle royale experience, and the recent security patches have limited the amount of power accessible from processors. “We wanted to provide a bit more context for the most recent login issues and service instability”, Epic Games wrote. “All of our cloud services are affected by updates required to mitigate the Meltdown vulnerability. We heavily rely on cloud services … [Read more...] about Recent Fortnite Service Degradation Due to Intel Meltdown Patches: Epic Games