Epic settles first Fortnite cheater lawsuit

Epic settles first Fortnite cheater lawsuit

Fornite maker Epic Games has brought its first lawsuit against a cheater to a close.

The case was resolved with Charles 'Joreallean' Vraspir agreeing to never infringe copyright again, as well as promising to not cheat in any of Epic's titles. There's a $5,000 fine hanging over Vraspir's head if he is caught doing any of the above.

The copyright infringement is in reference to Vraspir violating the terms of Fortnite's EULA by inserting new code into the title, which allowed him to cheat.

Epic also has provided more information on one of its other Fortnite lawsuits whereby the software company is apparently inadvertently suing a 14-year-old child.

The company defended itself saying that it was not aware at the time that the cheater was a minor, claiming they were not in violation of the law by naming him. They have agreed to redact or initalise the defendant's name in future use.

It's likely a similar agreement will be reached with this defendant as Vraspir.

Fortnite launched back in July and has been played by 20m people since then. The main driver of the downloads appears to be the Battle Royale mode that has also seen Epic in hot water with Playerunknown's Battlegrounds maker Bluehole

That game has also has also had its fair share of problems with cheaters, with its anti-cheat partner BattlEye banning thousands of users a day to this end

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