Since Epic Games released their Battle Royale mode for Fortnite the popularity of the game has exploded. With that you are going to get cheaters, but it seems Epic Games is taking cheating very seriously. They are suing two individuals for developing software and distributing it which enables gamers to cheat in Fortnite. The two individuals, Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir are being charged with copyright infringement, which carries a penalty of up to $150,000 each.
These two individuals are said to be associated with the subscription-based cheating service AddictedCheats.net. What is interesting is that Epic Games is not suing the cheating service, but rather the individuals themselves. This is very similar to what Blizzard did when suing cheating service ‘Bossland GMBH’ based on the premises of copyright infringement, which they won and Bossland GMBH was ordered to pay $8.6 million in damages.
The lawsuit claims that Vraspir has been banned at least 9 times for cheating in Fortnite and is developing software that is sold via AddictedCheats.net. Court documents state that Broom has modified AddictedCheats.net “so that it is specifically designed to circumvent Epic’s technological measures and instructed subscribers to the cheat provider website to do the same.”
Talking with Polygon Epic Games said that it will vigorously defend its games from cheaters. “When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly,” Epic said. “We take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”