“Nobody likes a cheater. And nobody likes playing with cheaters,” is what epic says in their announcement saying that they are taking strict action against cheaters in Fortnite. Fortnite is Epic new free to play game, which is currently in Early Access. They recently released their own Battle Royale mode which has brought in over 7 million players to their game in under a month. With such a high player count there are bound to be some bad apples, and Epic is not making empty threats when they say that they will not stand for cheating.
After already banning thousands of players for cheating, and taking further steps to prevent such behavior, Epic has now filed lawsuits against two cheaters for tampering with the code of their game, claiming copyright infringement.
Epic has previously said, “We are constantly working against both the cheaters themselves and the cheat providers. And it’s ongoing, we’re exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem.”
The two cheaters have been identified as Mr. Broom and Mr. Vraspir, and both have been accused of violating Fortnite’s terms of service and EULA by indulging in cheating. This includes modifying and changing the game’s code, and thus infringing copyright.
“The software that Defendant uses to cheat infringes Epic’s copyrights in the game and breaches the terms of the agreements to which Defendant agreed in order to have access to the game,” says Epic.
The complaints claim that the two cheaters are ruining the game for others by also encouraging cheating.
“Nobody likes a cheater. And nobody likes playing with cheaters. These axioms are particularly true in this case. Defendant uses cheats in a deliberate attempt to destroy the integrity of, and otherwise wreak havoc in, the Fortnite game.
“As Defendant intends, this often ruins the game for the other players, and for the many people who watch ‘streamers’,” the complaint adds.
Both cheaters have been known to target streamers, and intentionally disrupt their game.
Epic is now suing them for $150,000 for damages. This is sure to send a clear message to all other cheaters. It’s the ultimate life and death battle. There can only be one winner. EPIC.