Epic Games is suing a former Fortnite beta tester for leaking the details of Fortnite Chapter 2 before it was meant to be shared. Epic Games claims the leaks spoiled “the suspense that Epic had been working to generate and build for months”.
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Epic filed the lawsuit in North Carolina court last week stating that Ronald Sykes broke a non-discloser agreement after testing the game back in September. Ronald then went and shared the details of the game on Twitter about the features in the Fortnite Chapter 2 update.
According to Epic, Ronald used multiple accounts to share the game’s new map, the presence of swimming and boats, the upgrade stations and more features present in Fortnite Season 11.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”#0CFF00″ class=”” size=”19″]”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.”[/perfectpullquote]
Epic Games is seeking damages alongside the “destruction of all copies of Epic’s trade secrets” as Sykes in is “a direct break of his contractual obligations under his NDA”. The amount of damages has yet to be determined by Epic Games. This should be a fair warning as Fortnite season 11 is not the first leak to come out of the game. A few months ago someone leaked season 4 details and was also sued by Epic Games.