In a first-of-its-kind partnership, Fortnite developer Epic Games has partnered with the National Football League (NFL) in order to bring team outfits to the hugely popular video game. 

From 9 November, Fortnite players will be able to get hold of outfits from all 32 teams in the NFL, as well as other American Football-themed items from the game's Battle Royale Item Shop.

"We see the popularity of Fortnite every day at the NFL as many of our players are passionate about this game," said Brian Rolapp, chief media and business officer at the NFL.

"This partnership represents a great opportunity for millions of NFL fans who are Fortnite players to express their fandom inside the game while at the same time exposing our brand to countless others."

Since launching in 2017, Fortntie has become one of the world's most popular games, attracting more than 78 million players per month according to figures from Epic Games. 

A partnership with the NFL therefore makes sense, given that the US is Fortnite's biggest market and American Football is the most popular sport in the US.

"We have so many football fans at Epic and we know a lot of the game's fans share that same enthusiasm," said Mark Rein, co-founder of Epic Games.

"Allowing our players to represent their favourite teams in the game was too cool of an opportunity for us to pass up, and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out."

The NFL outfits can be purchased from the Item Shop using Fortnite's in-game currency V-Bucks, which has recently been used by cyber criminals to target Fortnite players with scams. 

The prospect of free in-game currency has tempted 78,000 Fortnite players to download a virus (Fortnite)

A recent report by cyber security experts at Zerofox found that between early September and early October of this year, there were 53,000 different instances of online scams relating to Fortnite.

The scams include conning children and adults into believing they can get free or cheap V-Bucks by sharing their login details or other personal information.

The researchers said: "Despite Fortnite's best attempts... players continue to fall victim to these kinds of scams daily."

In a tweet earlier this year, Mr Rein said: "Don't fall prey to scams like these folks!"

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