Epic claims that information “is currency,” and that Sykes “cashed in on what he learned as a User Experience tester for Epic.” The company is asking for injunctive relief and maximum damages for the leaks and breach of a non-disclosure agreement, along with legal fees.
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In a timeline of the events, Epic says that Sykes was invited to be a UX tester for Fortnite Chapter 2 on September 21, 2019, when he also signed an NDA. Three days later in a deleted tweet, one of Sykes’ Twitter accounts @snipa_king2K was seen tweeting at another user “dm I played S11 and can tell you the new stuff.”
In another account Epic believes is tied to Sykes, @xDriFtZz revealed that “you can swim” in season 11, which is one of the big new features of the new Fortnite Chapter 2 map.
Epic has taken Fortnite leakers and cheaters to court before. In 2018 Epic sued a QA contractor for leaking details about season 3, and Epic has filed lawsuits against multiple cheaters, including teenagers.
While Epic is suing a UX tester for leaking Fortnite Chapter 2, it wasn’t the only source of leaks leading up to Epic’s big map relaunch. Although Epic publicized Chapter 2 with in-game hints and a mysterious black hole event, word of Chapter 2 was also leaked by a glitch in the Italian Apple App Store.
You can read the full details of Epic’s lawsuit here.
Matt Kim is a reporter for IGN. You can reach him on Twitter.