Epic Games’ free-to-play battle royale mode now attracts hundreds of thousands of players a day. With such a volume, there are bound to be thousands of cheaters. Epic recently addressed this issue through a statement on their site. While they won’t state their methods exactly, they’ve already banned thousands of cheaters and intend to keep the game’s fairness their highest priority.
In addition, while unaddressed on their blog post, Epic has taken legal action against two particular manipulators. TorrentFreak obtained two complaints filed by Epic Games in a North Carolina federal court (North Carolina is the home state of Epic Games). According to TorrentFreak, two people, identified as Mr. Broom and Mr. Vraspir, are accused of “violating Fortnite’s terms of service and EULA by cheating”. Epic claims the two modified and changed the game’s code, a process that involved copyright infringement.
The two defendants now face up to $150,000 in statutory damages for said copyright infringement. In their cheating and manipulation of the game, they also breached the terms of agreement needed to play and circumvented “technological measures” in their efforts. TorrentFreak states the two are connected to AddictedCheats.net, where the two defendants have publicly commented on their efforts to target streamers and create “unwanted chaos and disorder”.
Going after the most egregious of cheaters can certainly send a message to the cheating community at large. Despite banning efforts, hackers always find ways to tweak and fidget the values in their favor. Epic’s litigious strategy could be costly, but apparently the message they’re sending is worth the risk.
Fortnite Battle Royale is free-to-play on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Be sure to report cheaters if you encounter them.