On October 5, Epic declared that Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters were their highest priority. For a PvP driven experience to truly take hold and have a welcoming community, cheaters have to be dealt with in an efficient manner and the company had already mentioned that thousands have been permabanned. What else could the company do to combat cheaters other than dishing out more permabans? File lawsuits.
Reported by Polygon, Epic Games filed suit against two individuals for the software they created. The software allows players to cheat in Fortnite and the pair, Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir, were sued for copyright infringement. They're both closely tied to a subscription-based cheating service, but are being sued individually with a potential penalty of up to $150,000.
The report details previous instances where similar cases were successful, including a case with Blizzard Entertainment that totaled $8.6 million in damages. Defendant Vraspir has already been banned nine times in Fortnite according to court documents.
“When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly,” Epic said to Polygon. “We take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players."
So...yea. You may want to pass on an opportunity to cheat in Epic's lineup of games, especially Fortnite Battle Royale.
Charles Singletary posted a new article, Epic Games Will See Fortnite Cheat Software Creators in Court
It's nice to see them being so aggressive against cheating, since that's the one major drawback of the game being free-to-play.