Epic Games has begun rolling out a new type of account to be developed specifically for children who use the service to play online multiplayer games. The new accounts, called Cabined Accounts, are intended to give younger gamers a tailored experience by using Epic Games that is safe and inclusive.
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Cabined Accounts began rolling out yesterday (Wednesday, 7th), in a number of games such as Fortnite, Rocket League and Fall Guys. Many Epic users will probably remember seeing their age asked the first time they used the Epic Games Store one-off. Essentially, any user who claims to be under the age of thirteen is granted a secure account.
The Cabined Account allows players to use the games they know and love, but some key things will be disabled. This includes voice and text communication, the ability to buy on-game items with real money and the ability to download non-Epic games.
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Bound accounts are also excluded from Rocket League deal, custom display names, email marketing or push notifications. Epic accounts don’t allow to link to external accounts, such as social media or streaming services.
If children want to access one of the locks, they need to get permission from their parents who can set up and adjust parental controls for their children. In case you have an account under the age of 13, this account becomes automatically a bound account.
Epic is a smart move that allows gamers to take their most popular game without parental consent, while also not putting off their own banks.
You can learn more about the connection to accounts in the Epics FAQ.
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