Fortnite’s Epic Games cracks down on leakers and banned streamers

    
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It’s a bundle of Fortnite-related news, and not the fun kind about updates or other things. It’s a bundle of… well, of awful things, to put it bluntly. Let’s pull the plaster off and get this over with.

  • Epic Games is taking yet another tester to court over leaks. Lucas Johnston stands accused of leaking a screenshot of the new map weeks before it went live. Johnston claims he’s unaware of how the screenshot went public, but internal investigations discovered Johnston shared it with his Fortniteplaying friends, who then shared the leak. Readers will recall this is not the first contracted employee taken to court over leaks.
  • Cody “Clix” Conrad, the 14-year-old who was swatted live during a Fortnite championship game, has landed himself in the Twitch sin bin for streaming with a permanently banned user. Conrad is facing a seven-day ban on the platform for streaming with Zayn, a streamer who was permanently banned on Twitch after trying to create a second account to dodge a suspension on his regular account. This is not the first time Zayn has gotten another Twitch streamer in trouble; another <em>Fortnite</em> pro by the name of Khanada was banned for three days after playing with Zayn.
  • Lastly, Fortnite streamer Luke “MrDeadMoth” Munday has been sentenced to a 14-month community corrections order in Picton Local Court, Australia, after admitting to slapping his then-pregnant girlfriend in the face this past December. The assault happened live on Twitch, though it was mercifully off-camera, but unfortunately not out of view of Munday’s two other children.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

I don’t know what to think of this. On one hand, the wild west of Twitch and other platforms begs for a sheriff. On the other hand, I’m not sure Epic is that sheriff. This is like replacing chaos with a robber baron.

Gaming and all its circles of influence and sub-cultures has only gotten more lawless over the years with, in many sectors, a complete lack of any sort of integrity or ethics. The idea that you can do whatever you want and get away with it because you’re a “celebrity” or have a million viewers or whatever is corrupting.