Epic Games already detailed how the company feels about cheaters in Fortnite Battle Royale (Epic's not keen on them). But when the company warned there would penalties for those caught cheating, Epic wasn't joking around. Epic Games filed two lawsuits with a North Carolina federal court against two players accused of cheating in Battle Royale and violating Epic's copyrights.
Two players referred to as Mr. Broom and Mr. Vraspir are accused of violating the terms of service and End User License Agreement by cheating in Battle Royale. Specifically, their cheat is accused of modifying the game and infringing on Epic's copyright.
Both defendants are apparently associated with a website that specifically aids cheaters and are facing up to $150,000 in charges for statutory damages if convicted.
"Let's be straight for a second, nobody likes playing with cheaters," wrote Epic Games in a blog post last week outlining the company's stance against cheaters. The company already stated that it's banned thousands of accounts but that that it will also be "exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem." Those measures apparently include litigation.
Other companies like Blizzard and Riot Games have also pursued litigation against cheaters to varying degrees of success, and Epic Games' is just the latest in this regard. However, if you want to send a strong message against potential cheaters, this is the way to do it. Here are the full complaints filed against Mr. Vraspir and Mr. Broom.