The last few weeks have seen Fortnite crunch itself into a black hole, then re-emerge as a shining, glistening, Chapter 2. The whole thing seemed to go off without a hitch, except that many of the details were leaked ahead of time.
Epic Games have, in the light of these leaks, decided to open a lawsuit against a former Fortnite user experience tester, claiming that the leak ruined “”the suspense that Epic had been working to generate and build for months”.
The lawsuit, filed in a North Carolina court, alleges that a Ronald Sykes leaked information about Fortnite’s Chapter 2 in October. The lawsuit alleges that Sykes broke a non-disclosure agreement by revealing information he learned through his work as a tester. The lawsuit says “He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite only to have some of Epic’s planned surprises spoiled by Sykes’ leaks”.
As reported by Polygon, the court documents go on to state that “Sykes’ spoilers did just what the word itself suggests: they diminished the anticipation of what was to come and the joy of looking forward to it. They detracted from the pleasure that the Fortnite community takes from the game because they deprived some of its members of the thrill that comes from the element of surprise and the delight of experiencing that surprise and the planned ‘reveal’ all together at the same time.”
Epic is seeking both damages, as well as the destruction of any Fortnite materials in possession by Ronald Sykes. In particular, Epic stated “As a direct result of Sykes’ breach of his contractual obligations under his NDA, Epic has sustained and will continue to sustain damages in an amount to be determined.”