Companies are taking action against cheaters, I have made that clear in previous articles. Today we’re focusing on the development of a particular case surrounding Epic Games and their game Fortnite. Epic has settled one of its copyright lawsuits against cheaters. Both parties agreed on a permanent injunction which, if breached, will cost the cheater $5,000 in damages.
Let’s start by the case started against Minnesota resident Charles Vraspir, a.k.a. “Joreallean”. Epic accused this fellow of copyright infringement and breach of contract after implementing cheat codes in the game.
According to Epic’s allegations, Vraspir was banned at least nine times but registered new accounts to continue his cheating. In addition, he was also suspected of having written code for the cheats, indirectly making him a distributor.
“Defendant’s cheating, and his inducing and enabling of others to cheat, is ruining the game playing experience of players who do not cheat,” Epic games wrote in their statement to court.
It was a long and grueling settlement in court for both of the parties. However, Epic has managed to reach an agreement with the defendant. This was informed to the courtroom yesterday as part of an injunction both parties agreed upon.
The proposed injunction, signed today, forbids Vraspir from carrying out any copyright infringements in the future, to destroy all cheats, and to never cheat again. This agreement talks about how this player is forbidden from “creating, writing, developing, advertising, promoting, and/or distributing anything that infringes Epic’s works now or hereafter protected by any of Epic’s copyrights.”
This basically means that Mr. Joreallean will have to refrain from cheating in the game again. Or otherwise he would face a charge of $5000 USD in damages. This is done in order to appease cheaters and prevent them from ruining the experience to other players in the future. It’s not like they could, you know, take legal action against the providers of said cheats to begin with.