Epic Games is suing a former Fortnite user experience tester for leaking secrets of Fortnite Chapter 2, claiming the leak spoiled the suspense that Epic Games had been working to generate and build for months.
In the lawsuit, which was filed to a North Carolina court this week, Epic said that Ronald Sykes broke a non-disclosure agreement after having tested the game in September. In the weeks following the test, Sykes revealed details about the upcoming update on Twitter, Epic claimed in court documents reported by Polygon. Using various accounts, Sykes revealed the presence of swimming and boats, the new map, and upgrade stations, according to the studio.
“Information is the currency. Ronald Sykes cashed in on what he learned as a user experience tester for Epic Games. He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community that was anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite only to have some of our surprises spoiled by Sykes’ leaks,” Epic said.
“Sykes’ spoilers did what the word itself suggests when they diminished the anticipation of what was going to come and the joy of looking forward to it. They also detracted from the pleasure that the Fortnite community takes from the game as they deprived some of its members of the thrill which comes from the element of surprise as well as the delight of experiencing that surprise and the ‘reveal’ all together at the same time.”
Epic is seeking damages, along with the “the destruction of all copies of Epic’s trade secrets” in the possession of Sykes. “As a result of Sykes’ breach of his contractual obligations under his NDA, Epic will continue to sustain damages in an amount to be determined,” Epic added.
It is not the first time Epic has sued a Fortnite leaker since last year, it sued a former tester for revealing details about season 4.