Epic Games is proving once again that it's not fooling around when it comes to cheating in Fortnite. This time, Epic is taking on two YouTubers for copyright infringement for endorsing and distributing cheat programs in the game. According to documents filed in a North Carolina Federal court, Epic is suing Brandon "Golden Modz" Lucas, a prolific YouTube streamer with over 1.7 million subscribers. Also named in the suit is Colton "Excentric" Conter.
This is a copyright infringement, breach of contract and tortious interference case in which the Defendants are infringing Epic's copyrights by injecting unauthorized cheat software ('cheats' or 'hacks') into the copyright protected code of Epic's popular video game Fortnite.
[I]nterference that is so egregious as to allow the harmed party to file a civil lawsuit under a “tort,” or reason of serious interference. This is a civil matter and, as such, is handled by the civil courts.
Tortious interference is all about intent. If the person doing the interfering did not intend to cause harm, then he has nothing to worry about. However, if he did something intentional for the purpose of interfering with normal business operations, then he is likely guilty of tortious interference.
"Both defendants have published links to sites that sell the programs ranging anywhere in price from $55 to $340. "His ill-gotten gains come at the expense of Epic and members of the Fortnite community." Epic wrote in the court documents.
Epic also provided videos (since removed) showing the defendants giving away codes for the programs as well as using the cheats themselves to "troll Fortnite by killing dozens of other players to win the game" while recording their reactions and providing links to the programs in the video description.
In September, Golden Modz posted a video called "Golden Modz Sued by Fortnite" in which he claims that he's the victim of discrimination:
So 9 of my recent videos were removed by epic games through a copyright strike. I feel as if they are discriminating against me as there are 1000's of other creators on youtube who make Fortnite videos. I'll be uploading videos again very soon, most likely within the next few days. Thank you all for the support on this channel. I greatly appreciate all the views, likes, and new subscribers. I'll be back
Epic is not afraid to take on Fortnite cheaters. You may remember that last November the company sued two 14-year-old boys for using a program that made changes to the game's code.
We'll be keeping eyes on the lawsuit going forward.