Fortnite developer Epic Games has announced that it will give players the Boogiedown Emote for free if they go online and activate two-factor authentication on their Epic Games accounts. This is a rare, but not unheard-of, example of a company giving players a direct reward for making their accounts a bit more secure.
Two-factor authentication means that, in addition to your standard password, you’ll need a second code provided by an authentication app, or sent to you via email or text, to access your account. In the case of Fortnite, that second code won’t be needed every time you log in.
“Once you’ve opted into Two-Factor Authentication, you will be asked to enter the code from your preferred two-factor authentication method, then you will be signed into your account,” the Fortnite team wrote on the announcement page. “You will be prompted for the two-factor passcode the first time you sign in after enabling the feature, if you use a new device, if it’s been over 30 days since you last signed in or if you’ve cleared your browser cookies recently.”
This is a smart move from Epic. Giving away an emote is a good way to incentivize players to secure their accounts, and the more accounts have two-factor authentication activated, the less time the company will need to spend working on customer service or account recovery. Everyone wins, including the players who now have safer accounts and a free emote.
Two-factor authentication, in general, is worth the time setting up on any gaming, or non-gaming, account you have online that supports it. The small upfront inconvenience is worth the lower risk of having your account stolen.