In today’s edition of You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, Fortnite developer Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against not exactly subtle YouTube streamer Brandon “Golden Modz” Lucas and his occasional partner Colton “Excentric” Conter for promoting the former’s premium “magical powers” to his more than 1.7 million subscribers, citing copyright infringement, breach of contract, and tortious interference, and not citing egregious stupidity but definitely implying it.
Lucas, who describes his YouTube content as “trolling” like it makes a difference, streams games using custom mods which he sells on his websites GoldenGodz and GTAGodz for up to $339. According to Engadget and Torrent Freak, Epic is suing for those profits, plus damages and legal costs, despite Lucas’s excuse that “b-b-but everybody else does it lol”. Apparently his mom never introduced him to the otherwise classic jumping-off-a-cliff philosophical quandary and consequences will never be the same.
“This is a copyright infringement, breach of contract, and tortious interference case in which the Defendants are infringing Epic’s copyrights by injecting unauthorized cheat software (‘cheats’ or ‘hacks’) into the copyright protected code of Epic’s popular video game Fortnite,” the complaint alleges. “Lucas is operating these websites and selling these cheats and accounts for his own personal enrichment. He posts videos of people using the cheats for the same reason. His ill-gotten gains come at the expense of Epic and members of the Fortnite community.”
As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce this sort of thing, Epic recently also acquired Finnish security services firm Kamu. Don’t cheat, kids, or the cyberpolice are gonna bust you.