Epic files lawsuit against former Fortnite tester

By FileTrekker 4 years ago, last updated 4 years ago

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against a former "experience tester" for Fortnite, who allegedly leaked details of Chapter 2 before they were known to the public, which Epic claim ruined "the suspense that Epic had been working to generate and build for months". 

The tester in question, Ronald Sykes, is alleged to have broken his non-disclosure agreement after working on testing for the game back in September last year. According to the suit, filed to a court in North Carolina, Sykes posted details about the update on Twitter through various puppet accounts. 

The evidence allegedly shows that Sykes had revealed the new map, and the swimming and boating features, as well as upgrade stations. The company also allege that the leaks were motivated by profit. According to the suit, Epic Games state;

Information is currency. Sykes cashed in on what he learned as a user experience tester for Epic. He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite only to have some of Epic’s planned surprises spoiled by Sykes’ leaks. Sykes’ spoilers did just what the word itself suggests: they diminished the anticipation of what was to come and the joy of looking forward to it. They detracted from the pleasure that the Fortnite community takes from the game because they deprived some of its members of the thrill that comes from the element of surprise and the delight of experiencing that surprise and the planned 'reveal' all together at the same time

Epic are seeking damages in the case, as well as the ordered destruction of any "copies of Epic's trade secrets" that Sykes may still have in his possession.

Epic successfully sued another tester who released similar leaks about Season 4 back in June last year, so suffice to say there's no reason to believe that they'll loose this case, should the evidence be there. All in all, it's a pretty dumb thing to do, in my opinion...


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