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Fortnite's PUBG-inspired Battle Royale mode boasts over 10 million players in its first two weeks. With the new mode came cheaters, lots of cheaters, so much so that Epic games had to ban “thousands” of players in a very short time, and they also issued a warning that catching cheaters has become one of their “highest priorities” and that they would implement even stricter measure to catch the villains. True to their word, Epic has now filed a lawsuit against two individuals they believe are behind a lot of the cheating currently taking place in Fortnite's Battle Royale mode.
It is important to note that only the PC version of Fortnite is mentioned in the court papers. The individuals in question are Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir, who are both named in the court documents. Polygon was able to find the filed documents:
The civil suit against them revolves around copyright infringements, and is explained in the paragraph below.
“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. In so doing, Defendant is creating unauthorized derivative works of Fortnite by modifying the game code and, thus, materially altering the game that the code creates and the experience of those who play it. Defendant’s cheating, and his inducing and enabling of others to cheat, is ruining the game playing experience of players who do not cheat. 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.”
In the lengthy documents, Epic also states how they have repeatedly banned the individuals in question, who continues to create new accounts and to this say still manages to have access to Fortnite (point 72 pg. 13). What is interesting is that Epic isn't suing the company for whom Vraspir and Broom work (AddictedCheats.net). “Defendant[s] is listed as a support/helper for a cheat provider that sells and distributes cheat software which enables its users to hack and cheat at Fortnite,” states the documents.
Epic is claiming legal fess, damages as well as any profits made by Vraspir and Broom. According to Polygon each copyright infringement carries a penalty of up to $150,000.