The lead up to Fortnite‘s fourth season, signified by a giant looming asteroid in the sky, dominated the video game news cycle and subreddits with constant rumors and leaks until it culminated in the divoting of Dusty Depot. However, one of those leaks has led to a lawsuit from Epic against a contracted QA employee who denies deliberately leaking the big reveal of Dusty Divot.
Thanks to the leak about where the asteroid would hit, which went public on April 27th, Epic “has suffered and is continuing to suffer irreparable injury,” according to a lawsuit filed on May 7th. The defendant, Thomas Hannah, claims that he didn’t deliberately leak the information but revealed it in a private conversation, though he does admit to breaking the NDA by revealing the information to a third party who was the actual leaker.
The actual lawsuit itself is full of hilariously over-the-top legal speak and claims of victimization on the part of the developer. Epic claims that “[u]nauthorized disclosure of trade secrets undermines the incentive to create and innovate because it demoralizes those who may work on a game over many months, only to have the fruits of their labor soured or spoiled by someone they held in a position of trust.” Additionally, leaks “also dampen the enthusiasm of a game’s players and audience, potentially leading them to move to other games, and negatively impact the financial performance of current and future versions of the game.”
The third party who actually leaked the information provided by Hannah has since removed the post and deleted their Reddit account, though that person is not named as a defendant. Epic is seeking punitive damages and attorney’s fees from Hannah with its lawsuit.
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