Epic will let Fortnite players merge multiple accounts

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Rescue your purchases from an old Epic account.
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Epic Games is giving Fortnite players a new tool that will allow them to merge multiple accounts.

The merge will combine all item purchases, V-Bucks, game stats, and Save the World campaign access. It’s perfect for those who were forced to set up a second Epic account to play Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch, or because they were locked out of their original.

Fortnite is a free-to-play game. You don’t have to spend a penny to enjoy the full Battle Royale experience. But almost all of us have purchased a Battle Pass or at least one item from the in-game store. If you have multiple accounts, you’ve probably spend money on both of them.

Now Epic is giving us a way to merge those accounts into one.

Fortnite account merging is coming

“In November, we’re going to release an ‘account merging’ system so you can combine multiple console-linked accounts to transfer Battle Royale cosmetic item purchases, lifetime wins, V-Bucks, and Save the World campaign access,” Epic explains.

You can prepare for the merging process now by linking all the consoles you play on to a single Epic account — the one you want to keep. This won’t transfer anything just yet, but it will ensure you’re ready to go as soon as the merging tool drops next month.

The instructions you’ll need to follow can be found on the official Fortnite blog. They appear confusing and long-winded at first glance, but they’re actually very easy to follow. I have followed the steps to prepare my Epic accounts and it took less than a couple of minutes.

Why a merge tool is needed

You may have heard that Sony ignorantly blocked Fortnite players from signing into a Nintendo Switch using an account that had previously been used on a PlayStation 4. This forced many into having to set up a second account just to play the game on their device.

Sony has now (finally!) changed its stance and is allowing PS4 players not only to use their accounts elsewhere, but also to team up with friends on Switch and Xbox One.

So, a lot of Fortnite players now have a secondary account — which they likely used to purchase a Battle Pass or other items — that they no longer need. Epic’s decision to allow merging means any purchases and progression through that account aren’t wasted.