Epic Games are suing two individual Fortnite cheaters for making and using software to get an unfair advantage in their game, according to a court document. Defendants Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir are the focus of the case, but this lawsuit isn’t simply because they have cheated, but due to copyright infringement.
Sound odd to you? Let me elaborate. Broom and Vraspir are said to have used Epic’s code to craft aimbot software that was then sold on for others to use. What truly makes this case unique is that the site in which the software is purchasable from is not being placed on the proverbial petri dish, but instead the aforementioned individuals. In a statement issued to Polygon, Epic went on to say that:
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.
Each instance of copyright infringement carries a penalty of up to $150,000. Stay tuned and as always, we’ll keep you in the loop.