Epic suing former Keywords Studios tester over Fortnite leaks

Epic suing former Keywords Studios tester over Fortnite leaks

Fortnite maker Epic Games has reportedly filed a lawsuit against a former Keywords Studios tester Lucas Johnston after he allegedly leaked confident information about the battle royale.

That's according to, which reports that Johnston apparently revealed information about the then-upcoming second chapter of Fortnite ahead of its rollout. The tester apparently took a screenshot of him playing in the new and updated world on August 30th, before it appeared on a forum for the battle royale shortly after.

Johnston was fired on September 13th. Epic is seeking damages in excess of $85,000 for the violation of an NDA.

Fortnite Chapter Two rolled out on October 15th after the game went dark for less than two days.

“As the creative projects created by the claimant require a long period of time between the start of their conception and their commercialization, confidentiality is thus, throughout the process, essential in order to offer its users innovative projects at the forefront of the video game technology industry,” Epic wrote.

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