In April 2019, Epic Games introduced a raft of new account protection capabilities that were being planned to roll out later in the yr, together with email verification of new accounts and two-element authentication. At the time, it appeared like a all-natural (if overdue) evolution of the Epic Games Retail store, but email messages introduced currently as aspect of the Epic v. Apple lawsuit reveal that Epic’s barebones account procedure was producing much more complications than we recognized.

The email chain signifies that Epic’s hassle was twofold: Fake accounts were quick to make, and it could not deactivate online games on other storefronts—the so-named “clawback” option—which meant that game titles remained playable via Uplay even when the involved Epic account was deactivated.