Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters for copyright infringement

Pablo Tucker
October 13, 2017

Epic's move toward legal action wasn't without warning, however.

Two of the biggest Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters have been caught by Epic Games, and are now facing lawsuits.

Epic also hinted that something like this was coming, saying that they were "constantly working against both the cheaters themselves and the cheat providers".

"Defendant's cheating, and his inducing and enabling of others to cheat, is ruining the game playing experience of players who do not cheat", reads the complaint against Vraspir.

"This is a copyright infringement and breach of contract case in which the Defendant is infringing Epic's copyrights by injecting unauthorized computer code into the copyright protected code of Epic's popular Fortnite video game". He nevertheless continues to play by creating multiple new accounts using false names to circumvent thee bans.

Several days ago, Epic Games confirmed that it banned "thousands" of cheaters in Fortnite's Battle Royale game mode, and that it has plans to roll out even more anti-cheat tools in the future. The press release also noted that the developers of PUBG have no association to the development of "Fortnite".

"Nobody likes a cheater".

"Let's be straight for a second, nobody likes playing with cheaters", wrote Epic Games in a blog post last week outlining the company's stance against cheaters. "As Defendant intends, this often ruins the game for the other players, and for the many people who watch "streamers". These axioms are particularly true in this case. The defendants use cheats in a deliberate attempt to destroy the integrity of, and otherwise wreak havoc in, the game. It sounds like Epic isn't holding back when it comes to keeping Fortnite fair for all players. I wouldn't be surprised if we start to see other fledgling or ailing shooters rip a page from this book.

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