Epic is bringing in the lawyers once more but instead of going after cheaters in Fortnite, they are going after a player who allegedly stole in-game currency.
A complaint filed at a California Federal court on the 8th January shows that Epic Games is looking to hold Yash Gosai, a player from Auckland, New Zealand, accountable for stealing in-game money. The company accuses the player of creating an exploit which granted them V-bucks for free. V-bucks are the in-game currency of Fortnite and can be used to purchase skins and other items to use in-game although they steer away from pay-to-win.
The filing reads
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.
They also add that Gosai
Created and posted a video on YouTube to advertise, promote and demonstrate the exploit.
The YouTube video in question, while included in the filing, has been removed from the video streaming service after Epic filed a copyright claim against the video through YouTube. When the video was taken down, Gosai files a counterclaim on the video which then gave Epic their address as well as giving “consent[ed] to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for . . . the judicial district in which YouTube is located, and will accept service of process from the claimant.” YouTube is, of course, located in California where the filing was submitted.
Epic’s lawsuit is seeking damages as well as a request for Gosai to destroy all his copies of Fortnite and anything related to the game that was developed.
Fortnite is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.