Fortnite, the global-hit strategy game has grown from strength to strength recently and whilst players try to advance through the tiers to get their hands on the very latest rewards and skins (in-game costumes), some YouTubers are taking things to extremes to be crowned victorious.
Streaming games on YouTube isn’t new to just Fortnite; it’s been around for decades.
YouTubers long for fame with live video content of how they’re progressing through games, which can bring its own rewards – big money rewards. The better you are at playing, the more subscribers you get and the more sponsors and money, it’s a never-ending cycle, which is why some people are cheating their way to success, but not taking into account the consequences of their actions.
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Brandon Lucas has more than 1.7million subscribers to his Golden Modz YouTube channel – where he plays modified or hacked versions of Fortnite, amongst other games. Naturally, the creators of the games featured in his videos are bound to be a little brassed off, which is why Epic Games, the company behind the very successful Fortnite game, are suing him.
Alongside his channel, Lucas runs a website where he sells cheats like automatic aiming for roughly £150 ($200). Another hack available on his website is the ‘aimbot’. Allowing players to automatically target and eliminate enemies without having to aim the weapon, which you’re supposed to do.
“Defendants are cheaters. Nobody likes a cheater.” said Epic Games in its legal documents. “Defendant Lucas not only cheats, he also promotes, advertises, and sells software that enables those who use it to cheat.” The document went on to say.
The software hacks and cheats offer a competitive advantage to those paying for it – which is unfair to the ‘legal’ gamers. Software comes in many different shapes and sizes, you have online casino software, gaming software and even app for your mobile. But manipulating the PC software has landed Lucas in very hot water.
Speaking on the impending court hearing, Lucas said; “I’m confused because there’s about a thousand other content creators on YouTube that make Fortnite content,” he said in the video, adding that others used hacks “without repercussions”.
But he’s not the only one Epic Games have a beef with, In October, Epic Games took over anti-cheat software firm Kamu, to tackle unauthorised modifications.