Epic suing ex-employee over Fortnite leaks

Epic suing ex-employee over Fortnite leaks

More lawsuits in the world of battle royale now with Epic Games suing a former QA employee.

That's according to Polygon, which reports that the games developer and software giant filed a suit against quality assurance contractor Thomas Hannah in May of this year; one that he has responded to this week.

Epic has alleged that Hannah leaked information about an in-game event at the end of Fortnite's third season, as well as the fourth season being superhero themed, to a third party who posted this to Reddit. The firm claims that Hannah deliberately handed over information to another person to post on the forum.

Hannah has responded, saying that what occurred was a private conversation with him having no control over what happened with the information exchanged. In doing so, however, Hannah has admitted he broke the terms of a non-disclosure agreement as part of his work with Epic.

This, of course, isn't the first Fortnite-related lawsuit to take place. Last year, Epic sued cheaters for the game - including a minor. And then there's the small matter of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp going legal against Epic of what it considers copyright infringements.

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