Once again, Epic Games is taking a couple of cheaters to court, after the studio filed a lawsuit against YouTuber Brandon Lucas, also known as Golden Modz, and his partner Colton Conter that goes by the name Excentric.
Lucas got into trouble with Epic Games after posting several videos on his YouTube channel with 1.7 million subscribers, where he is seen cheating in Fortnite and selling cheat tools via his website, which allegedly violates the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Conter, on the other hand, would sometimes participate in these videos, which is why Epic Games included him in the lawsuit.
“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,” Epic revealed in a statement.
Epic Games is clearly sending a message to discourage other cheaters from engaging in the act. If Epic prevails, the company’s lawyers are going after the alleged profits made due to cheating, on top of damages and court costs.
This isn’t the first time that Epic filed a lawsuit against a cheater. Last year, Epic sued a 14-year-old player after posting videos of himself cheating on YouTube. Concerns on Epic’s aggressive actions were put into question after it was revealed that the defendant was a minor. The studio responded that they were not aware of the defendant’s age, but in the end, both parties compromised via a settlement instead.