Epic Games took a Fortnite impostor to court in Australia, with the end result that the impostor publicly apologized, closed his business of selling cheated and compromised accounts and paid Epic for damages, which the company will donate to charity.
According to documents obtained by Sirbpti, the federal court of Australia has ruled that Brandon Despotakis – better known as online BlazeFN— Violated the Fortnite End User License Agreement (EULA) and Terms of Service, infringed Epic’s copyright, and unlawfully sold in-game accounts and cheats to other players. The ruling comes a year after the proceedings began in April 2021.
Listings for the illegal BlazeFN store items include aimbots, temporary “Full Access V-Bucks accounts” and “inactive” accounts with rare or popular skins and pre-completed battle passes, among other illegal offerings. Artwork for BlazeFN’s various store items was created to resemble Fortnite’s Item Shop.
It’s unclear how many cheats and accounts have actually been sold or if other similar legal proceedings are pending following the ruling in favor of Epic and against the illegal BlazeFN store. It can be surmised that those who bought BlazeFN accounts will at least be penalized in-game as well, although it’s not known if Epic is specifically chasing these buyers. Selling or buying accounts in Fortnite is a violation of the game’s terms and conditions, even if there are no cheats in the game.
Epic issued a statement on the topic as a whole: “Selling compromised player accounts and cheating technologies endangers people’s information and ruins the experience for people playing fair. We take the illegal sale of these items seriously and we will review all available options.” to make sure our games remain fun, fair and never pay-to-win.”
Despotakis released his own statement on Twitter on May 9., a week after the settlement was reached, according to the Consent Order. In it, he explicitly told potential buyers to stop asking him about Fortnite cheats or player accounts. “I want 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 will never do this again.”
As part of the settlement, Despotakis must also pay damages to Epic up to an amount agreed upon by both parties. The entirety of that damage, while not shared with Sirbpti, will be donated to Child’s Play, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and teens in children’s hospitals around the world.
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