May 22, 2022

Epic Games Store Now Requires Two-Factor Authentication (for Free Games)

Epic Games will now require players to initiate two-factor authentication any time they claim a free title. This is to help enforce a greater sense of security. Do yourselves a favour, and enable 2FA wherever possible.

Digital marketplace security is a hot-topic currently.

The Nintendo eShop recently suffered a large scale hacking. Whilst this isn’t necessarily connected, Epic Games Store now requires players two-factor authentication (2FA).

Anybody who uses the Epic Games Store between 28th April and 21st May will need to submit 2FA to claim free games.

As is the case with 2FA, players will need to submit separate security codes before signing into their accounts. Anyone who does not have 2FA enabled will see the following message when they try to claim a free title:

Two Factor Authentication Required

Claiming this free game requires you to have Two-Factor Authentication setup on your account. Two-Factor Authentication provides an additional level of security to your Epic Games account and will help prevent unauthorized access”.

Whilst Epic realises it is a slight inconvenience at the best of times, the company insists it is for the safety of their users:

“We are making this change in an effort to encourage our players to take steps to strengthen their Epic account security…

We understand that this is a minor inconvenience for some, but we want to provide the best possible solutions to protect your Epic account”.

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