Epic sues YouTubers who promoted Fortnite cheating

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Epic Games is suing YouTubers Brandon “GoldenModz” Lucas and Colton “Excentric” Conter, alleging that they promoted and sold Fortnite cheats on their YouTube channels.

The lawsuit, brought about in North Carolina and published in full on TorrentFreak, alleges that Conter and Lucas promoted and sold: “Hacks and/or Fortnite user accounts preloaded with hacks. These hacks enable their users to unlawfully modify Fortnite’s software.” It contends that the two YouTubers’ actions were in breach of copyright laws, were tantamount to breaches of contract and were: “Unfair and deceptive trade practices and unfair methods of competition.”

The lawsuit went on to detail the allegations against Lucas: “Although he claims to be ‘against cheating in competitive play video games’ [and that he] only makes these videos for entertainment that brings [people] on [his] channel, Lucas is using the videos to demonstrate and promote the hacks he sells, and to direct those who watch the videos to the websites where he sells them. On information and belief, those who purchase the hacks from Lucas use them to cheat while playing Fortnite.” 

The video above was posted by Lucas in September; in it, he complained about Epic getting nine of his videos taken off YouTube and said that in them, there was: “No evidence of anything other than just a normal Fortnite video.” He added: “There are about a thousand” other YouTubers who: “Release early content on their YouTube videos, leak skins, use hacks, use modded skins,” and consequently, he felt “Discriminated against” by Epic.

Epic’s particular objections  to Lucas and Conter’s videos is that they show and point Fortnite players towards aimbots which allow players to auto-aim at rivals, and that they use “ESP” hacks to reveal hidden loot or players who should be out of sightlines. 

Epic said it doesn’t comment on ongoing lawsuits, but reissued a general 2017 statement decrying cheating on Fortnite, which said: “Addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games. We are constantly working against both the cheaters themselves and the cheat providers. 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. We don’t want to give too many clues about what we’re doing, but we are rolling out tools and will continue to do so. Thousands have been banned and we have no plans to stop!” 

Your best source of Fortnite-related news is the game’s official website.

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Steve Boxer has been writing about videogames since the early 1990s. His first console was an Atari VCS, and he misspent most of his youth in the 1980s in the arcades. As well as for Green Man Gaming, he can be found writing for The Guardian, Empire, TechRadar and Pocket-Lint. He’s currently having trouble deciding whether his favourite console is his Xbox One X or his Switch, and plays a wide range of games, but especially RPGs (he loves a good JRPG) action-adventure titles, shooters of all descriptions and driving games. Follow him here.