Fornite developer Epic Games is looking to shut down cheaters by taking them to court. As such, Epic is suing two of Fortnite's most prolific cheaters. Today it claimed an even meatier figure, saying that the standalone Fortnite Battle Royale mode has pushed past ten million players, all by itself, since its debut two weeks ago. Thousands of accounts have since been banned.
According to Epic Games FortniteBattle Royale has seen a peak of 525,000 concurrent users.
Other companies like Blizzard and Riot Games have also pursued litigation against cheaters to varying degrees of success, and Epic Games' is just the latest in this regard.
As it turns out, one of those steps involves legal action.
The two cheaters in question are referred to as Mr. Broom and Mr. Vraspir.
Broom has been banned once and stated he's working on his own cheat for the game, and Vraspir was banned nine times.
"Nobody likes a cheater", the document reads. "Defendant uses cheats in a deliberate attempt to destroy the integrity of, and otherwise wreak havoc in, the Fortnite game". Epic statement clearly implies the disdain the company has for cheaters: "Defendant's cheating, and his inducing and enabling of others to cheat, is ruining the game playing experience of players who do not cheat".
Both defendants are apparently associated with a website that specifically aids cheaters and are facing up to $150,000 in charges for statutory damages if convicted. Specifically, their cheat is accused of modifying the game and infringing on Epic's copyright.