Fortnite patches battle royale, adds BattlEye anti-cheat measures, and sues cheaters

Are you one of the 10M people who’ve dipped into Fortnite’s battle royal mode? Or perhaps one of the 500K who played concurrently this past weekend? Then you’ll want to point your eyeballs at the game’s latest patch. The 1.7.1 update brings battle royale stats, a monster power balance in the Save the World mode, and changes to the progression system for Challenge the Horde game mode. At least if the studio can get the kinks worked out, anyway. My favorite patch note? “Added a few structures near Tomato Town.”

Of note, Epic says it’s making good on its promise to upend cheaters, having now implemented the contentious but widespread third-party BattlEye program, even for PvE players. The program is used in multiple games but has been criticized heavily for privacy violations, most recently by the ARK Survival Evolved community. Epic, however, has stated on Reddit that BattlEye was not to blame for the recent spate of false positives in cheat detection.

That isn’t to say nobody’s to blame. Indeed, the company is apparently personally suing the creators of two sub-based cheat service, AddictedCheats, at least one of whom has been “banned from Fortnite at least nine times,” according to the filing. MOP readers will recall that Blizzard’s enjoyed a measure of litigation success over cheat-vendors preying on its own games, so we’ll see whether Epic does too.

Source: Official site, Polygon. With thanks to Pepperzine.
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deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

epic is suing the cheaters for copyright violations which blizzard had a stronger case for in their litigation against cheaters and lost on those counts.

it’s actually an alarming overreach wrt to attempting to use IP law to enforce a TOS on end users.

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Ket Viliano

I rather think that tortious interference very much applies to cheaters, and even more so to cheat vendors.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortious_interference

No idea if that is part of any lawsuit to date, but it surely applies.

deekay_plus
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deekay_plus

yeah i can see that. maybe there’s some kind of case law surrounding it that these companies don’t go that route? idk. >>

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