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Epic Games acquire Finnish anti-cheat developer Kamu

Published: 18:51, 08 October 2018
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Epic Games have announced that Kamu, a Finnish security firm that was already working on Fortnite's security, have been purchased by Sweeney and Co. Kamu will apparently remain where they are and even keep servicing their other customers.

Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney said that the decision was logical as Kamu "have been key to building a vibrant Fortnite multiplayer experience that's fair for all players". He stressed that making, launching and supporting games is rough work and that Kamu's expertise will help greatly in this respect.

Nevertheless, Epic won't be meddling with the company's affairs, since they'll be left to work normally. This includes servicing their non-Unreal Engine 4 customers, in case anyone wonders.

That being said, Kamu will at the same time serve as Epic's hand in Helsinki, which is doubly convenient for recruitment and tech opportunities. On a completely personal and partial note, considering the sort of cash Fortnite is spinning these days, who wouldn't want a bit of Epic in their town.

Kamu's CEO Simon Allaeys said that battling cheating in games was but a start of the company's path. "Today, our products also help developers stay competitive by identifying player needs as quickly as they emerge", he added.

Fortnite's playerbase is in the ballpark of 80 million, which alone is enough to awaken many a dormant cheater. Add to that the financial opportunities the game offers and you've got yourself the kind of a pickle that should earn Epic more credit for keeping under control.

Ultimately though, Fortnite's maker ain't messing around with cheating or cheaters and by now everyone's heard about the 14 year old cheater that Epic took to court . This alone shows enough intent by a company who will not be taken for a ride, especially after giving you a free to play game to begin with.

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As mundane as it may seem, the sort of damage cheaters can do to a community in a long run is immense and while I'll not name any now, there are plenty of games that have learned this, or are learning it now.

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