Epic Games Defeats Fortnite Hacker in Court, Donates Damages to Charity

After taking Brandon Despotakis, known online as BlazeFN, to court for selling unauthorized cheats and compromised accounts, Epic Games has said it will donate the undisclosed settlement to charity.

The Federal Court of Australia found that Despotakis violated the Fortnite End User License Agreement (EULA), terms of service and infringed Epic's copyright. The hacker consented to the ruling and on May 9 released the following public statement on the legal proceedings:

"Hey everyone, this is BlazeFN. Until very recently I sold unauthorised Fortnite cheats and compromised Fortnite player accounts. I won’t be doing this anymore because Epic Games caught me and commenced legal proceedings against me in Australia. I am also subject to legal restrictions that prevent me from doing this in the future and have to pay a monetary settlement which Epic will donate to charity. I’d like to apologize to the Fortnite community. What I did was illegal and gave players an unfair advantage over other people who play by the rules. I won’t do this ever again. Please do not contact me about Fortnite cheats or Fortnite player accounts."

BlazeFN was known online for selling a number of illegal items through his online shop. These items included "aimbots", "full access V-Bucks accounts" and inactive accounts that contained rare and sought-after cosmetics.

Epic also released a statement on the outcome: "Selling compromised player accounts and cheat technologies puts people’s information at risk and ruins the experience for people who are playing fairly. We take the illegal sale of these items seriously and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games remain fun, fair and never pay-to-win."

As part of the settlement, Despotakis is required to pay damages to Epic in an amount agreed to by both parties. This undisclosed amount will be donated by Epic to Child's Play, a charity which focuses on improving the lives of children through the power of play.

Source: GameSpot

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