Developers of Fortnite, Epic Games, are seeking a lawsuit against a playtester called Ronald Sykes, who allegedly leaked numerous aspects of the ‘Chapter 2’ storyline, including the map and swimming mechanics.
The end of Fortnite’s tenth season was the most immersive yet, seeing the game literally being ‘turned off’ for a couple of days after it was engulfed by a black hole.
The black hole swallowed the old map that players are used to, and spat out a brand new map, brand new features and brand new mechanics. Feedback has generally been overwhelmingly positive, with the community’s general consensus suggesting that it was time for a change to the widely accepted meta.
Polygon reports that the lawsuit was filed in North Carolina on October 25, stating that the play-tester, named Ronald Sykes, broke the NDA (non-disclosure agreement) he signed with Epic Games.
Lawyers for the developers state that: “He (Sykes) 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.”.
Lawyers for the developers state that: “He (Sykes) 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 is alleged to have tweeted leaks, following his exclusive access to new content back in late September.
Details he tweeted reportedly include the new swimming mechanic that is part of Chapter 2, as well as an image of the new map, which features a host of new locations, as well as some familiar ones.
Epic Games have declined to comment, stating that they do not make public announcements on legal disputes that are not yet settled.
Given the hype Epic were trying to generate for the end of what turned out to be Chapter 1, and the discretion with which they were looking to operate, it is no surprise we have seen Epic take such a hardline response to the controversy.
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