Monday, 16 October, 2017

Epic Games Files Lawsuits Against Two Fortnite Battle Royale Players for Cheating

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Theresa Hayes | 13 October, 2017, 01:57

Let's be straight for a second, nobody likes playing with cheaters.

Fortnite's new Battle Royale variant has only been around for a couple of weeks, but Epic Games took to Twitter yesterday to announce that the mode has already hit 525,000 concurrent players.

"To start, addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games", said Epic community coordinator Nathan Mooney in a statement on October 4.

"In using cheat software to modify the game's code in this way", the complaints read, "Defendant and other cheaters who use the cheat create unauthorized derivative works based on Fortnite in violation of the Copyright Act".

Both defendants are apparently associated with a website that specifically aids cheaters and are facing up to $150,000 in charges for statutory damages if convicted.

Two of the biggest Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters have been caught by Epic Games, and are now facing lawsuits. Thousands of accounts have since been banned. "He has also continued to cheat and to induce others to cheat at Fortnite". When asked why he stream snipes other players, he allegedly said, "Because its [sic] fun to rage and see streamers cry about how loaded they are and then get them stomped anyways".

This action follows on the tail of the company saying earlier this month that "addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games". Over Addicted Cheats' Discord channel, an affiliate said that they're not offering refunds to Fortnite cheaters who purchased their services. "And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure the cheaters are removed and stay removed". PUBG recently surpassed 15 million in units sold, Gamerant notes, so it's not as if Fortnite's Battle Royale mode is cutting into the game's profits.