Epic Games have just introduced Cabined Accounts, which are a way for kids to safely play games like Fortnite, Fall Guys, and Rocket League. Basically, players will receive a one-time request when they log into either Epic Games Store or one of their games. If you're a younger player, you'll then be asked to provide a parent or guardian's email address to begin the parental consent process. What does this entail? Well, younger players will need Parental Controls set to access certain features. These are:
- Communicating with other players using voice chat or free text chat
- Purchasing items with money
- Downloading games that are not owned by Epic
- Recommendations based on past activity
- Email marketing or push notifications
- Trades in Rocket League
- Sign in with Epic, including linking accounts to certain external services, such as social media websites or video streaming applications
- Custom display names
- SMS-based two-factor authentication
There are two ways to get those permissions back: if your parent or guardian provides consent, or when the player reaches age 13 or whatever the digital age of consent is for their region. To speed this process along, players can resend an email requesting consent from a parent or guardian, which they can do by following the instructions under Request Parental Permission.
These new account types follow changes made in September which saw users under 18 having their Fortnite Chat defaults set to "Nobody", their profile details set by default to "hidden", and parties set to "Invite Only". If players are under the age of 16, they'll also have the mature language filter automatically enabled.
This is definitely a way for parents to keep track of what their kids are doing, and to also stop any potential purchases that may ensue because a shiny new skin just appeared on the Fortnite store. This isn't the first new feature that Epic Games has added to their store this year either, with ratings and user polls arriving back in June. It seems that Epic Games prefers the slow and steady approach of adding new features to their storefront and games, which should at least hopefully help prevent more expensive lawsuits for the company. We'll have to see.
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