Developer Cracks down Hard on Aimbots
Not long after promising to crack down on Fortnite cheaters, Epic Games is officially suing two individuals who’ve allegedly tampered with Battle Royale.
The two defendants, in this case, Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir, are not being targeted for their participation in Fortnite, however. Allegedly, they serve as support personnel for Addicted Cheats through the distribution of aimbotting software. Epic claims that these personal deliver the software “with the deliberate intention of ruining the game for other players and players who watch streamers.”
In other words, Epic is targetting these individuals for copyright infringement. They hold firm on their belief that cheaters ruin games, and the defendants are doing so by “infringing Epic’s copyrights by injecting unauthorized computer code into the copyright protected code”.
When Epic Games said they would crack down on Fortnite cheaters, they said they’d keep their methods a secret. Well, here’s the next step. It looks like aimbots in the game’s Battle Royale mode have been “wreaking havoc.” Cheats like this, the company says, ruin the product and their reputation: “As a result of Defendant’s contributory copyright infringement, Epic has suffered and will continue to suffer, substantial and irreparable damage to its business reputation and good will.”
Let this be a lesson; if you are using or thinking about using in cheats in Fortnite, Epic will not go easy on you. Before the company ever announced they would punish cheaters, thousands were banned. And after initiating the lawsuit, they reiterated their stance:
“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.”
Recently, Fortnite: Battle Royale hit a 10,000,000 player milestone. Stay tuned for more news as it unfolds.