Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters over EULA violations

Epic Games sues alleged Fortnite cheaters over EULA violations

"And nobody likes playing with cheaters". The two defendants apparently used this service to kill Twitch streamers (a.k.a. "stream sniping") during matches in Fortnite's new PvP mode, Battle Royale.

The two cheaters in question are referred to as Mr. Broom and Mr. Vraspir.

For those unaware, Epic Games and People Can Fly revealed just a week ago that Fortnite's Battle Royale mode had garnered upwards of 7 million players, and went on to offer bonuses to fans in order to celebrate the accomplishment.

"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".

Epic Games has released a new infographic for Fortnite's Battle Royale mode sharing all sorts of stats such as the new game mode accumulating up to 10 million players in just 2 weeks.

According to Epic, both defendants specifically targeted streamers while cheating. "He has also continued to cheat and to induce others to cheat at Fortnite".

Taking all of this into account, it will be interesting to see if this positive turn of events for Fortnite's Battle Royale mode will cause PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' developer Bluehole Studios to actually follow through on its warning that it is "contemplating further action" against the Epic Games title for "replicating the experience for which PUBG is known". Over Discord chat, both defendants declined to comment. "And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure the cheaters are removed and stay removed".

For Fortnite, this jump to Battle Royale seems to have reinvigorated the game, which only had 1m players on its release and has reached all-time high player counts since it's last man standing iteration.

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