Epic Games files copyright infringement claims against two notorious Fortnite cheaters
Anyone who has played Epic Games’ incredibly popular Fortnite Battle Royale knows that cheaters have quickly become a major problem. Epic has taken a number of steps to counteract cheating, including new lawsuits against two repeat cheaters.
According to documents obtained by TorrentFreak, Epic launched lawsuits against two alleged cheaters, Mr. Broom and Mr. Vraspir, who have been caught cheating and banned multiple times, yet continue to make new accounts to play. Epic’s complaints point out that cheating, and enabling others to cheat, is in violation of the terms and agreements players must agree to before accessing the game.
Broom and Vraspir both work with a cheat provider called AddictedCheats, and target popular streamers to gain notoriety. Vraspir is accused of having written the cheat code himself, and Broom has previously stated he is working on a cheat to create “unwanted chaos and disorder” within the game. Both defendants are facing up to $150,000 in damages for copyright infringement.
In a statement given to IGN, an Epic spokesperson gave this comment: “When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technology, 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.” Epic has previously stated that taking down cheaters is its “highest priority,” having already banned thousands of cheaters.
Sam Stewart is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.