A few months ago, an insider posted on Reddit claiming that Fortnite‘s season 4 meteor strike was aimed at Dusty Depot, not the then-rumored Tilted Towers. Of course, when the comets began to fall, it was revealed that Dusty Depot was actually the target and turned the area into the Dusty Divot. Now, Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against Thomas Hannah, a quality assurance contractor it blames for the leak of information.
Allegedly, Hannah worked with a third party to leak the information Fortnite considered extremely sensitive. The third party Hannah is accused of providing with the meteor secret and the superhero theme posted them to the subreddit after a discussion with Hannah that violated his non-disclosure agreement. Notably, however, the third party is not named in the lawsuit.
To Epic’s accusations, Hannah replied that he was pumped with a “series of questions and guesses regarding where the meteor would hit” by the third party at the end of the battle royale game’s season three. While admitting this disclosure is a clear violation of his agreement, Hannah defends himself by stating he did not deliberately work with the other person, suggesting it was similar to a private conversation in which he had no control of the outcome.
Moreover, Hannah also states that he had no participation in the actual subreddit post that reveals the spoilers. Those interested in Epic’s lawsuit, filed May 7, and Hannah’s reply, filed June 21, can check it out here. Epic is asking for punitive damages as it claims “irreparable injury,” but Hannah’s defense is asking for a judge to toss the claim.
While waiting to see how this resolves, it’s worth mentioning that Epic Games has been involved in a number of lawsuits, including with a maker of cheating software and others. Notably, Epic Games itself is also being sued by PUBG. Corp over the age-old accusation “that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known,” with PUBG asking the court to determine whether the similarities constitute copyright infringement.
Fortnite is available now for Nintendo Switch, iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.