Epic Games has finally started cracking down on Fortnite cheaters who use YouTube and other social media platforms as a means of advertising/selling aimbots and other apps which give players unfair in-game advantages. According to Torrentfreak (via IGN), they’ve already filed a lawsuit against Brandon “Golden Modz” Lucas and Colton “Excentric” Conter for actively promoting their cheat software in videos and other content online.
Both Lucas and Colton have already had numerous accounts banned by Epic Games, but the two continue to access Fortnite by creating fake accounts using false information. In this way, the two have been able to continuously create Fortnite YouTube videos which specifically seek to advertise and sell their cheat software.
Two types of products they sell are aimbots and “ESP” hacks. Aimbots are auto-targeting apps which ensure that players never miss a target when shooting. As for the latter, ESP hacks grant players the ability to see enemy players farther in the distance or even see through walls. Needless to say, both of these cheats give players an overwhelming advantage over other competitors.
When pressed for a comment on this story, Epic Games had the following to say:
“When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly. We take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”
Considering how much money the company spends to combat players who cheat, going so far as to acquire a developer of anti-cheat software, it makes a lot of sense for them to go directly after the people actually creating and promoting these types of exploits.
As this lawsuit is still ongoing, we don’t really know what kind of penalties Lucas and Colton could be looking at facing. Given that the suit includes this clause, “127. In addition to Epic’s actual damages, Epic is entitled to receive any additional profits made by Defendants from their wrongful acts pursuant to 17 U.S.C. § 504” the duo might potentially have to transfer all their profits over to Epic Games in addition to other penalties.
We’ll be sure to keep you posted on this developing story.
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