Epic Games Store 2-Factor Authentication Now Required to Get Free Games

Gaming article by Robert N. Adams on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 - 14:54
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Epic Games Store 2-Factor Authentication is now required to claim free games. What's more, Hi-Rez Studios' SMITE is finally making its way to this newer digital distribution storefront.

Kicking things off is an announcement from the Epic Games Store that it will now require 2-Factor Authentication for gamers who want to grab some free stuff to play. The change is being made "in an effort to encourage our players to take steps to strengthen their Epic account security."

For now, it seems that this 2FA requirement is temporary; Epic's announcement states that it will only be required from April 28–May 21, 2020. However, it's reasonable to assume that the company may make it a mandatory requirement at some point in the future.

While this may be inconvenient for some, there's some pretty cool news, too — Hi-Rez Studio's third-person MOBA SMITE is finally making its way to the Epic Games Store.

SMITE Epic Games Store Launch Has $50 of Free Content

A press release from Hi-Rez Studios has all of the details on SMITE coming to the EGS. Aside from the pretty cool trailer above, a bunch of sweet deals are also on the way.

To start, here's what you get with the SMITE Epic Starter bundle:

  • 5 Gods
  • 5 Skins
  • 5 Voice Packs

This package of content is valued at $50. It's not just for new players, either — current players can also grab this bundle by linking their Hi-Rez account to their Epic account.

Furthermore, a month-long sale is coming for the Ultimate God Pack and the Digital Deluxe Edition. You can grab SMITE at the Epic Games Store right now, completely for free.

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How Do I Enable Epic Games Store 2-Factor Authentication?

If you'd like to keep getting free games, you're going to have to enable Epic Games Store 2-Factor Authentication. Thankfully, it's a pretty quick process.

How do you enable Epic Games Store 2-Factor Authentication?

  1. Get an Authenticator app (such as Google Authenticator).
  2. Install the app and get it set up.
  3. Go to the Password & Security page at the Epic Games Store.
  4. Scroll down to "Two-Factor Authentication" and enable the Authenticator app.
    • Alternatively, you can use SMS or e-mail authentication without a specialized app.
  5. Take a screenshot of the QR code through the app to add the authenticator.
  6. You're done!
  7. IMPORTANT: Make sure you save the 10 one-time use backup codes in case you lose access to your authenticator!

And that's that! Don't forget that you can still get For The King free on the Epic Games Store right now — as long as you've enabled 2-Factor Authentication.

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What do you think of the Epic Games Store requiring 2-Factor Authentication to get free games? Will you play SMITE via EGS? Let us know in the comments below!

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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!