Fortnite, one of the most popular mobile games today is now accepting cryptocurrency Monero as a for of payment when purchasing items from its merch store. Although there is no official press release yet, the announcement was made through Twitter first by Riccardo Spagni, a crypto community member on January 1. The official Twitter account of Monero later on confirmed the news.
For those who are living under the rock, Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games sometime in 2017. The game is available in various platforms including Playstation, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch and others. The game has an online store where various game-related merchandise are available for sale. You can check out the store here.
Given the popularity of Fortnite, fans received the news with mixed reactions. Of course those who support digital currency as a new way of transacting online were jubilant. While some are wondering why Monero and not the more popular Bitcoin?
For those who own Monero XMR and want to use it to purchase the latest t-shirts or any other stuff from the Fortnite merch store (merch.fortnite.com), don’t fret if you can’t find XMR as one of the payment methods. XMR payments are routed through Globee which is a global crypto-friendly payment processor. Globee process payments for Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Decred, Ethereum and XRP. But for Fortnite merch store, it currently process payments for XMR only.
When some Fortnite players asked through Twitter why Fortnite is not allowing Bitcoin, Spagni replies by saying that Bitcoin is not allowed because of lack of privacy. He also said that Fortnite is seriously considering allowing Lightning Network because it restores some privacy to Bitcoin.
This news is a good way for the crypto industry to welcome the new year and hopefully will not be the first and last avenue where cryptocurrency will be accepted as a form of payment. Perhaps, Apple and Google can also allow payment for in-app purchases or even for buying their apps from their respective app stores.