In the latest crypto news of 2019, we have the popular video game Fortnite which decided to support purchases with cryptocurrencies. From now on, all of the Fortnite players will be able to buy merchandise using the altcoin Monero (XMR) and Bitcoin payments are still not accepted – mostly due to privacy concerns as the game developers noted.
Even though there was no official announcement about the news, fans have turned to Reddit on January 1st, showing their excitement about the novelty. The Monero (XMR) enthusiasts were among the most numerous ones, saying that this initiative signals a wider crypto adoption mostly because Fortnite is the most popular video game in the world right now, with more than 200 million registered users.
One developer behind Monero named Riccardo Spagni also shared the news on Twitter:
Too cool: the Fortnite merch store (https://t.co/KNL4IFCFHk) lets you pay in Monero, so now you can purchase that sweet Durrr Burger onesie without your friends / family / coworkers judging you. https://t.co/XYs1NjGvGp
— Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony) January 1, 2019
The project lead also told media that Fortnite is not still allowing Bitcoin because of the “lack of privacy” and also noted that they are considering Lighting Network (LN) because it “restores some privacy to Bitcoin.”
Spagni also said that Fortnite is “very interested in LN” and that they are pushing hard to get it to the list. Privacy is now an important issue amid rampant hacks in the game.
Cryptocurrencies are on the rise in terms of their adoption. For instance, Bitcoin Cash now has more than 900 retailers accepting it.
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