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Epic Games Settles Copyright Claims Against ‘Fortnite’ Hacker

Oct. 22, 2019, 4:09 PM

“Fortnite” maker Epic Games settled copyright claims it brought against a minor who used and sold software to hack the popular multiplayer game.

The hacker admitted to creating, using, and selling the software to cheat at the game and circumvent Epic’s technological protection measures, according to a consent order filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina Oct. 21.

For example, the hacker used “aimbots” to automatically target other players, “ESP” to see players and loot that would otherwise be out of sight, and “wallhacks” to spot players hiding behind walls, Epic said in the original complaint. The hacker also admitted to posting videos of himself cheating with the software on YouTube to advertise it.

The hacker was ordered to destroy all copies of the software and to stop cheating at any of Epic’s games, among other things.

Judge Louise W. Flanagan signed the order.

Parker Poe represented Epic. Ellis & Winters LLP and Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP represented the hacker.

The case is Epic Games Inc. v. C.B., E.D.N.C., No. 5:19-cv-250, 10/21/19.

To contact the reporter on this story: Blake Brittain in Washington at bbrittain@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jo-el J. Meyer at jmeyer@bloomberglaw.com; Nicholas Datlowe at ndatlowe@bloomberglaw.com

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