Epic Games Pursues Legal Action Against Fortnite Cheaters, Citing Copyright Infringement

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Let's be straight for a second, nobody likes playing with cheaters.

Epic filed civil complaints Tuesday against two alleged associates of Addicted Cheats, a website that provides aimbotting services to players. To architect cheats for Fortnite's new battle royale mode, which now boasts over ten million players, the cheat-makers would have to reverse-engineer and modify the game's source code.

Epic Games has taken legal action against two prolific Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters.

Epic also highlights the fact that the cheater's are actively breaking the games EULA - "The software the Defendant uses to cheat infringes Epic's copyrights in the game and breaches the terms of agreements to which Defendant agreed in order to have access to the game".

The cheating players implicated in the case will face charges up to $150,000 in "statutory damages", according to TorrentFreak. While Battlegrounds explicitly forbids cheating and stream-sniping in its rules of conduct, Fortnite'sonly explicitly forbids cheating.

Taking all of this into account, it will be interesting to see if this positive turn of events for Fortnite's Battle Royale mode will cause PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' developer Bluehole Studios to actually follow through on its warning that it is "contemplating further action" against the Epic Games title for "replicating the experience for which PUBG is known".

In a statement to Kotaku, Epic Games says, "When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly. And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure the cheaters are removed and stay removed".

In putting out a battle royale game reminiscent of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, publisher Epic Games seemed to have attracted one aspect of the Battlegrounds community it probably didn't want.

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