In January 2019, it was revealed that Fortnite – a popular video game – had been hacked. Epic Games, which developed and operates Fortnite, admitted that usernames, passwords, email addresses, and the credit and debit details of 50,000 users were compromised in the data breach.
However, it does not appear as if everyone affected has been notified.
Who was affected by the Fortnite data breach?
There are around 350 million registered Fortnite users across computer, console, and mobile platforms. So, this is an incredibly significant data breach. You might be able to make a breach claim against Epic Games if:
- you had an Epic Games or Fortnite account at the time of the breach
- you believe that this account was compromised in the hack. For example:
- you had a credit/debit card linked to your account, and you incurred unauthorised charges on that card following the hack
- your account was stolen and sold on the dark web
- you suffered emotional distress as a direct result of the Fortnite data breach
- you live in the EU*.
*While Epic Games has attempted to avoid having to pay out at court by asking users to resolve all disputes with Epic Games via arbitration rather than formal litigation, this does not apply people living in the EU. So, Fortnite users in England & Wales can start litigation to seek compensation from Epic Games
Hold Epic Games to account for its poor security measures
The Fortnite data breach was possible due to a login vulnerability. And, to make matters worse, Epic Games failed to inform affected users about the security breach in a timely manner. As a result, these users were left unprotected for longer than was necessary.
How can Keller Lenkner UK help?
At Keller Lenkner UK, we are registering people in England & Wales who have been affected by this breach and who want to get justice. Register with us and we will keep you up to date with any developments as they happen. We will also let you know when you can make a claim.
You can register if you believe you are involved in this breach – even if Epic Games has not confirmed as such. However, you will need to demonstrate that your account was compromised in this breach, and that you experienced harm as a result.
If you would like to find out more about making a Fortnite data breach claim, contact our expert lawyers today.