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Royale-lly Screwed: Epic Sues YouTubers Promoting Fortnite Cheats

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Part of Fortnite's appeal is that it offers a level playing field. People can't unlock new weapons, start a match with equipment, or augment their abilities by grinding for in-game upgrades. Everyone drops out of the Battle Bus with the same tools, a glider and a pickaxe so their skill will determine whether they catch the 'dub or take an L. So it may not come as a surprise that Epic Games is suing two YouTubers for upsetting that balance with cheats.

TorrentFreak has reported that Epic's lawsuit targets Brandon "Golden Modz" Lucas, a cheat distributor and content creator whose YouTube channel has 1.7 million followers, and Colton "Exentric" Contor, who has over 7,000 followers. The cheat in question combined an aimbot with ESP features that offered information that players would otherwise have no way of knowing. It reportedly cost $55 (30 days) or $300 (unlimited) from the Golden Godz website.

Lucas acknowledged the pending lawsuit in a video called "Golden Modz sued by Fortnite" that was published on September 22. Lucas claimed that nine of his videos were removed from YouTube by Epic via copyright strikes and that he felt "as if they are discriminating against me as there are 1000's of other creators on youtube who make Fortnite videos." [Sic.] Epic finally got around to filing the lawsuit in early October.

The suit appeared to have a quick impact. Golden Modz's last video was published on October 12, and the Golden Godz website currently says that "No packages exist at this time," even though a dialog box claims that "Payment systems are back up and new packages have been added!" The site claims to offer various "services" for several Call of Duty games and Grand Theft Auto: Online; all of them appear to have been pulled.

Epic isn't the only company suing people who make, sell, or distribute cheats. Blizzard has also gone after cheat providers for Overwatch and World of Warcraft, while Rockstar Games has turned to the courts to prevent GTA: Online cheat makers from staying in business (the irony isn't lost on us). Some companies focus most of their efforts on individual cheaters, but it seems that others have decided to go right for the source.

The legal claims all center around cheat-makers violating the parent company's copyright by injecting code into their games. So far that argument has stuck, and with precedents often determining how judges respond to new cases, that could lead to a legal system that favors game companies over cheaters. Making this software will remain lucrative in the short term, but fear of repercussions could deter new entrants.

  • velocityg4
    Suing over cheating.

    Paying $300 for a lifetime access to cheats for a game.

    Some people take gaming way too seriously.

    What happened to just turning on a game and screwing around for a half hour to an hour? I miss the good ole NES days. Except blowing in the cartridge and cleaning with alcohol.
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  • mgallo848
    he felt "as if they are discriminating against me as there are 1000's of other creators on youtube who make Fortnite videos."

    lmao

    "Officer, I know I was speeding but why pull me over? Plenty of other people speed too, not just me."

    Suck it up son, you got caught. And you were stupid enough to brag about it using social media (You Tube). I hope they financially bury you.
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  • chud456
    God gaming culture as I knew it is just dead. Cheats used to be apart of the gaming experience, after you beat the main mission, play through again with em. Wish video games had stayed something that only a small, niche group enjoyed. All fun stops when the suits get involved.
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  • bignastyid
    21409859 said:
    God gaming culture as I knew it is just dead. Cheats used to be apart of the gaming experience, after you beat the main mission, play through again with em. Wish video games had stayed something that only a small, niche group enjoyed. All fun stops when the suits get involved.

    On single player, no problem, cheat to your hearts content.

    On multiplayer, cheaters should burn in a special layer of hell.
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  • Peter Martin
    21409932 said:
    21409859 said:
    God gaming culture as I knew it is just dead. Cheats used to be apart of the gaming experience, after you beat the main mission, play through again with em. Wish video games had stayed something that only a small, niche group enjoyed. All fun stops when the suits get involved.

    On single player, no problem, cheat to your hearts content.

    On multiplayer, cheaters should burn in a special layer of hell.

    aye
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  • shpankey
    aim bots, and that's why PC online multiplayer is and has and will always remain dead to me
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  • cryoburner
    Doing a quick search for "Golden Modz" shows that most of their videos have the word "Trolling" in the title. It's a bit hard to feel sorry for someone who has made a business out of ruining these games for other people.
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