Today, Epic Games announced the rollout of what they’re calling “Cabined Accounts” in Fortnite. This new system is intended to provide a “safe and inclusive” experience for younger players while still allowing them to engage with the game. This move probably shouldn’t come as a surprise to players who have been paying attention, as in September the developer announced changes to game settings for players under the age of 18, with even more restrictions for those under 16.
The previously announced changes do two things: If a minor has not provided their age, they will have their settings reset to the highest privacy option. This means locking down chat, the player profile, and limiting parties to invite only. Personal recommendations will also be turned off. Those under 16 will also have the mature language filter turned on again. These players will be notified and have the option to make changes… with a catch.
That catch is the new Cabined Account system. This system will ask players to provide their ages when they log in. It will only happen once (and obviously will be how the game knows to change all the settings listed above). When a minor enters their age, they will be asked to have a parent or guardian provide their email address and begin a parental consent process. This process will allow parents to set up parental controls. And that’s where the catch mentioned above comes in. When minors go to change their settings, any restrictions set in place by parental controls will dictate what changes they can make.
Of course, all of this relies on parents knowing that this is happening and kids not lying about their age, but at least an effort is being made.
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