Epic Games is suing a Fortnite twitter dataminer for allegedly spoiling Fortnite Chapter 2. Epic filed the lawsuit today in a court in North Carolina, alleging that Ronald Sykes— known as @invisiblellama9 online — leaked information about the now-revealed Chapter 2 of Fortnite. Fortnite had gone offline for two days earlier in October.
Epic believed the game had been eaten by a black hole. This was all part of a marketing campaign, of course. The game came back with a new map and other major changes. It’s an event that Epic had been building up through its first 10 seasons for months, spreading in and out of Fortnite in “hints and hidden’ Easter eggs’,” according to the lawsuit.
The complaint said that by disclosing information he gained as a user experience tester, Sykes violated a non-disclosure agreement. “He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously waiting for Fortnite’s new season just to get some of Epic’s planned surprises spoiled by leaks from Sykes,” lawyers wrote.
Sykes played the new version of Fortnite in late September— and three days later he posted to another Twitter user saying, according to the complaint, he “played S11 and could tell you the new stuff.” He tweeted from another account again and revealed that players would be able to swim in Fortnite Chapter 2. Sykes continued to post about the mysteries of Fortnite in the lead-up to the event, including a picture of the new map.
Epic calls for injunctive relief and punitive damage for Syke’s contract breach and “misappropriation” of the company secrets he acquired when studying for the project. “As a direct result of Sykes ‘ violation of his contractual obligations under the NDA, Epic has suffered losses in a sum to be calculated and will continue to incur them,” Epic said in the case.
An Epic representative told Polygon that the pending lawsuit was not reported on. Sykes did not respond to the request for comment from Polygon. In Oct. It’s not the first time that Epic sued someone for stealing secrets of Fortnite. In 2018, for a three-leak season, Epic sued a quality assurance company.
The QA tester later filed a lawsuit defence alleging that he did not intend to get out of the secrets. The corporation has also filed several cases against Fortnite cheaters elsewhere, including one ongoing case in which even after being charged, an enigmatic underage player tried to cheat.