Epic Games Sues Fortnite Cheater over V-Bucks exploit

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Epic Games Sues Fortnite Cheater over V-Bucks exploit

Epic Games Sues Fortnite Cheater over V-Bucks exploit

Epic Games has taken a Fortnite cheater to court over "stealing" from the developer/publisher by using a cheat to generate free V-Bucks, the game's premium currency. This lawsuit comes after Epic Games has made settlements with several other Fortnite cheaters, who were previously taken to court by the company for creating, distributing and repeatedly using cheat software.  

V-Bucks can be purchased from Epic Games and then be used to buy skins and other in-game items, with Epic's court filing stating that using free money exploits within the game "stealing" from the company. 

      Players who search for and promote exploits ruin the game experience for others and undermine the integrity of Fortnite. Players who use exploits to avoid paying for items in Fortnite are stealing from Epic

The man who created this free V-Bucks cheat has been identified as Yash Gosai by Epic Games, a resident of New Zealand. Epic Games alleges that he produced and distributed the cheat while using YouTube to advertise and demonstrate the exploit.  

      On information and belief, Gosai developed an exploit for Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode that enables players to obtain V-bucks without paying for them. Gosai created and posted a video on YouTube to advertise, promote and demonstrate the exploit,  

Epic Games Sues Fortnite Cheater over V-Bucks exploit  

Epic Games has taken the defendant's videos off of YouTube using a DMCA takedown claim, with the company accusing him of copyright infringement and breach of contract. Epic Games seeks damages from the defendant and the destruction of all copies of the exploit and other derivative works. 

A copy of Epic Games' complaint to the court is available here to view (via TorrentFreak). 

You can join the discussion on Epic Games' legal battle against a V-Buck "stealing" Fortnite cheat on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

13-01-2018, 14:32:07

Clearly ridiculous, but given how Activision v. Bossland turned out, not surprising.Quote

13-01-2018, 14:42:38

It's pretty simple to just not cheat. If you cheat you deserve to get screwed.Quote

13-01-2018, 14:45:08

utterly ridiculous imhoQuote

13-01-2018, 16:14:28

IMHO I don't think digital criminals should be allowed to get away with this kind of nonsense. No better than stealing a bunch of vouchers, showing others how to steal them and then walk back to the store to spend said vouchers.

Creating, selling and distributing cheats is a stupid thing to do. In this case, it is theft (Fortnite Battle Royale is free to play after all and relies on V-Bucks for revenue), and the sale of aimbots and other cheats ruins the game for other players and harms the playerbase, which again has a knock on effect for the developers due to decreased player retention.

I don't see this as big company suing the little guy; they knew what they were doing when they started poking the bear.Quote

14-01-2018, 11:47:12

I think some people have a disconnect when it comes to reasoning about video games and digital commerce. They think since the company is not physically producing a product, it's ok to hack it. Maybe in their minds since the company has no physical merchandise being stolen, the people using this hack would have not spent real money on it anyway, they are not taking from them. Just opening up a new part of the game for themselves.Quote

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