Game developer and publisher Epic has settled one of its copyright lawsuits against cheaters.
Meanwhile, Epic potentially faces litigation from PUBG Corp over the similarities between PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite’s “Battle Royale” mode. When cheaters gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly,” Epic Games spokesman Nick Chester said in an emailed statement. Delaware teen sued by Epic Games for cheating in Fortnite.
The suit said some of the players publicly boasted about cheating and encouraged others to do the same, a practice that cost Epic lost sales and profits. Fortnite, which made history by accidentally enabling cross platform play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last month, also features a Battle Royale mode with gameplay similar to the record-breaking PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Bluehole Studio, the developer of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, thought that the mechanics of the two titles were too similar, starting a public feud between the two companies. The cheaters are allegedly connected to Addicted Cheats, a website that rents out cheat engines to players who want to gain an unfair advantage over their opponents.
Game developers often try to mitigate the effectiveness of cheaters by closing loopholes and patching up bugs that can be taken advantage of by unscrupulous players. Despite this new mode also being not that good , Epic became dedicated to getting rid of as many cheaters as they could find – a difficult task in a free-to-play game where, as a banned player, you can easily make a new account and start cheat-killing all over again. He added that the game will soon roll out progression rewards as another way to discourage players from cheating.
And it’s ongoing, we’re exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem. Addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games,” said Nathan Mooney, community co-ordinator. When Epic Games promised to have a zero tolerance policy against cheaters in their team-based shooter Fortnite, it wasn’t just whistlin’ dixie.
She says the case is based on a loss of profits, but argues that it’s a free-to-play video game, and that in order to prove a loss Epic would need to provide a statement certifying that Rogers’ cheating directly caused a “mass profit loss”. Don’t you dare try to act like companies are gonna sue you for cheating in single player games. Not to mention the “I don’t wanna get sued for cheating in single player games” makes me gag.
I’ve stopped playing multiplayer games before now because of cheaters (CS:GO, H1Z1, ARK and CoD to name a few). Please correct me if I’m wrong; point out an example of a SINGLE player game with anti-virus banning people, or an example of a person getting sued for cheating whilst playing a solo-experience game. The whole idea of it’s free to play therefore they didn’t lose money is BS. It’s free to play, but it’s also optional to pay and they lost out on options, or at least one can argue a game populated by cheaters is one legitimate players are less likely to spend money on playing.
Epic clearly weren’t messing around, and the two lawsuits they’ve filed accuse the two alleged cheaters – whose names on the lawsuits are Mr Broom and Mr Vraspir – of infringing on the game’s copyright by changing the game’s code. Complaints filed with a North Carolina federal court accuse the two players of violating Epic’s copyrights and End User License Agreement. She also points out that Epic are claiming profit loss when the game is free-to-play, and challenges them to prove this with a P&L statement showing how her son’s cheating affects their bottom line.
Epic Games have explained in a statement that they issued the legal notice against the 14-year-old player to counter the counterclaim the child made to Epic’s DMCA takedown notice against his video. Caleb is not the first individual who got a lawsuit from Epic Games due to cheating. YouTube/Epic GamesA screenshot from the official gameplay trailer for “Fortnite.”
As reported on by Polygon, Caleb Sky Orbit” Rogers was sued by the company, not simply for cheating, but for uploading YouTube videos on how he cheats in the game. According to the complaint, Epic claims the players reverse-engineered the game’s code to do this, thus violating the company’s Copyright Act. Back in October, Epic filed civil complaints against two players who were allegedly members of the website Addicted Cheats, which offers aimbot services to members.
Here is an exact quote from the complaint: Defendant’s cheating, and his inducing and enabling of others to cheat, is ruining the game playing experience of players who do not cheat. During the first two weeks, the developers have banned thousands of players for cheating and given that this game is free to play, the studio has had to ban certain players more than once.