Staying true to the name, messing with Epic Games will garner you an epic response. The developer of the massively popular video game Fortnite is suing YouTuber Brandon Lucas (YouTube name: Golden Modz) for selling game cheats on his website. According to Variety, the charges are “copyright infringement, breach of contract, and unfair and deceptive trade practices.”
The entire claim, posted on TorrentFreak, says that “Lucas’ websites encourage visitors to purchase hacks and/or Fortnite user accounts pre-loaded with hacks. These hacks enable their users to modify Fortnite’s software unlawfully.”
Fortnite is a multiplayer online shooting game that can range from four to 100 players, depending on the mode you choose to play.
Modifying software isn’t a new trend. When the first iPhones were released, people would “jailbreak” the phones so they could customize their software to fit the users’ needs.
However, modifying an iPhone to make your calendar look different is not the same as altering Fortnite to gain an advantage against other players. The suit also states that Lucas and another YouTuber, Colton Conter, would joke about how their software gave them “magical powers,” which gave them the ability to kill “dozens” of other players.
Lucas posted a video in response to the lawsuit, saying “I almost kinda feel like I’m being discriminated against by Epic Games. You know, I’m just a kid that’s making YouTube videos and a lot of people were enjoying this.” With thousands of YouTube channels showing similar content, it's hard to determine what it was about Lucas’ channel specifically that stood out for Epic Games.
Epic Games is no stranger to these types of lawsuits. In a still-ongoing case, they filed suit against a 14-year-old for using hacks while playing Fortnite. Epic decided to continue with the suit, even after finding out the user’s age.
The results of these lawsuits will be impressive, as they will help determine whether these types of gamers and YouTube channels are either just having fun and were unaware of any wrongdoing, or are kids just trying their best to beat the system.