Epic Taking Legal Action Against Fortnite Tester

Publisher seeking damages for violation of NDA.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 10/30/2019 05:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Fortnite’s much beloved Battle Royale mode recently saw a major update in the form of an all-consuming black hole that eventually birthed a new island to fight across as well as a host of new gameplay features. Of course, just as the tides go in and out, some of these revelations came to light a little earlier than Epic would have liked thanks to a leaker on Twitter. Now, the developer is looking to utilize the legal system to seek retribution against the loose-lipped game tester.

Ronald Sykes worked at Epic as a tester for the new version of the popular game and decided to use his Twitter account to discuss some of the upcoming gameplay changes, including posting a picture of the new map. Naturally, Epic had him sign an NDA which he was then in violation of. The lawsuit claims, “He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite.”

“As a direct result of Sykes’ breach of his contractual obligations under his NDA, Epic has sustained and will continue to sustain damages in an amount to be determined,” the documents say, in order to justify Epic’s efforts to receive the largest possible compensation from the former tester. As this is an ongoing legal matter, neither Epic nor Sykes have made any additional contents.

Of course, seeing how Fortnite has been and continues to be pretty much the biggest property in video games right now, the notion that these leaks actually caused or will continue to cause any lost revenue for Epic is utterly laughable. After all, if the revelations of allegedly awful working conditions and mistreatment of employees weren’t enough to tank the game, I highly doubt gamers learning they’d soon be able to swim would do it.

Source: Polygon

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