As Epic’s Fortnite continues to grow and they push to stamp out cheating, court documents reveal that Epic has filed a lawsuit against two individuals, Brandon Broom and Charles Vraspir. Both are said to have been associated with site AddictedCheats.net which offers cheating services to gamers for numerous games.
The civil action is being taken against the two individuals for violating the Terms of Service and specifically, “reverse engineer, derive source code from, modify, adapt, translate, decompile, or disassemble it or make derivative works based on it”. It also states users must not “create, develop, distribute, or use any unauthorized software programs to gain an advantage in any online or other game modes”.
The paperwork appears to not be going after the site itself but instead the two individuals stating that the “defendant is a moderator and member of the support staff of AddictedCheats.net, a cheat provider website (the “cheat provider”) that supplies its registered users with cheats and hacks in exchange for money.” It also claims that the “Defendant has bragged that he is working on his own cheat to use in Fortnite”. According to Epic’s statement, Vraspir has been banned nine times but continued to register new accounts to continue cheating.
The sections on the cheat site for both Epic’s Fortnite and Paragon are currently closed down with a message reading “closed for legal reasons”.
Epic is taking a no-nonsense stance against cheaters and has been pushing this message for a few weeks since the release of Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode. Epic issued a comment on cheating stating, “When cheaters use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly. We take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”
Epic rolled out new anti-cheat measures today in the 1.7.1 update which includes a report button and the addition of BattlEye.