Epic Games sues Fortnite cheater - Couldn't be a worse person

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-45876864

A YouTube gamer who posted videos of himself cheating at Fortnite is being sued by its developer Epic Games.

Brandon Lucas has attracted 1.7 million subscribers to his Golden Modz channel, where he plays modified or hacked versions of Fortnite and other games.

He also runs a website where he sells cheats, such as automatic aiming, for more than $200 (£150).

"Defendants are cheaters. Nobody likes a cheater," Epic Games said in its legal filing.

"Defendant Lucas not only cheats, he also promotes, advertises, and sells software that enables those who use it to cheat," the document states.

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One of the hacks available on Mr Lucas's website is aimbot, which lets players automatically target and kill enemies without having to aim their weapon.

It is only available for the PC version of the game, but offers a significant competitive advantage to any player using the cheat.

In Mr Lucas's latest YouTube video he "trolls default skins" - players who may be new and have yet to change their character's appearance.

Several other videos in which he used the aimbot cheat have been removed from YouTube following a copyright complaint from Epic Games.

Another YouTube gamer, Colton Conter, is also named in the legal filing.

In the documents, Epic Games said the cheaters were "creating unauthorised derivative works of Fortnite by unlawfully modifying the game's code".

The company told the BBC it did not comment on active legal cases.

But it said in a statement: "When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly. We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players."

Epic Games is headquartered in the US state of North Carolina. The case was filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina.

In October, Epic Games took over anti-cheat software firm Kamu as part of its efforts to tackle unauthorised modifications to its games.

In a video called, Golden Modz sued by Fortnite, Mr Lucas said he was not sure why Epic Games had taken action.

"I'm confused because there's about a thousand other content creators on YouTube that make Fortnite content," he said in the video, adding that others used hacks "without repercussions".

New tournaments
Fortnite Battle Royale sees 100 players land on an island to look for weapons and build defences. The person who survives the longest wins.

It is regularly played by more than 75 million people around the world and is the most viewed game on streaming site Twitch.

On Monday, Epic Games announced it was adding new tournaments to the game, which would let players compete to win a shiny badge.

Players will be matched with those of a similar skill level. However, all players - whether on PC, console or smartphone, will play against one another. Some critics have suggested this will give PC gamers a competitive advantage.

Lol cheating at Fortnite is the only thing that's lower than playing Fortnite in the first place.
 
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Online games (either multiplayer or single player) shut down and consumers who paid full price (and possibly months/years worth of subscriptions) never get to play them again: meh.

Online game has mods made for it: holy shit ethics violation not fair court case lawsuit etc.
 

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Online games (either multiplayer or single player) shut down and consumers who paid full price (and possibly months/years worth of subscriptions) never get to play them again: meh.

Online game has mods made for it: holy shit ethics violation not fair court case lawsuit etc.
Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.
 

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He also runs a website where he sells cheats, such as automatic aiming, for more than $200 (£150).

The only people more pathetic than him are the people willing to pay $200 to cheat at Fornite. Why even bother? Why even play the game if you aren't interested in even learning to get better? It's not like a singleplayer game where you cheat to get past a boss so you can see the ending. This is a multiplayer game, multiplayer is all there is.
I just can't even understand it.
 

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The only people more pathetic than him are the people willing to pay $200 to cheat at Fornite. Why even bother? Why even play the game if you aren't interested in even learning to get better? It's not like a singleplayer game where you cheat to get past a boss so you can see the ending. This is a multiplayer game, multiplayer is all there is.
I just can't even understand it.

They begged their parents for a Fortnite coach but they said no, so they borrowed their credit card to pay this guy for some cheats.
 

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The only people more pathetic than him are the people willing to pay $200 to cheat at Fornite. Why even bother? Why even play the game if you aren't interested in even learning to get better? It's not like a singleplayer game where you cheat to get past a boss so you can see the ending. This is a multiplayer game, multiplayer is all there is.
I just can't even understand it.
You want to know what's even more pathetic than that? Buying the firm behind EasyAntiCheat when it doesn't do jack squat except kill performance, damn thing operates like a rootkit too if I'm reading concerns right. For all the trouble that program has caused and it doesn't do what it's intended to. If I were Epic Games, I'd be more concerned on the money they're wasting on that shitshow than the money spent on this lawsuit. Then again I don't tend to make frivolous purchases.
 

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@AnOminous @Jaimas How successful have lawsuits like this been? Normally they go after people who create the hacks. How do the outcomes of those cases affect going after someone who promotes and sells the hacks?
 

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@AnOminous @Jaimas How successful have lawsuits like this been? Normally they go after people who create the hacks. How do the outcomes of those cases affect going after someone who promotes and sells the hacks?

Believe it or not, almost every time these have been brought to court, they failed miserably.

Probably the most infamous case of it was Galoob vs Nintendo. After failing to find an argument for banning the device in a fashion other than "we don't like it," Nintendo tried to block the Game Genie over the insane argument that the hex editor modified the game and created a derivative work. The judge ruled, appropriately, that once a customer had bought a copy of game, what they decided to do with it was their own fucking business, which is basically the same reason Nintendo lost Nintendo vs Blockbuster.

@AnOminous is quite right that copyright being used in this case isn't correct.

What's extremely interesting is that this would be a perfect case for a lawyer to break out the "our game is a live service" argument, but there's a very straightforward reason that Epic won't do that, and it's the same reason that the "you didn't buy a game, you bought a license to play a game" argument, seen commonly in PC game EULAs, have never stood up in court.