Epic Sues Fortnite QA Tester Who Leaked Battle Royale Season 4 Secrets

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According to Polygon, Epic Games sued Thomas Hannah, a quality assurance contractor, on May 7 for leaking spoilers for Fortnite: Season 4. Through a third party, Hannah spread information about where Fortnite's meteor would hit, an action in direct violation of his non-disclosure agreement.

Prior to the leak, most Fortnite theorists believed they had decoded a secret message that hinted Titled Towers would be the crash zone of the meteor. The leak debunked this prediction, and informed players that Dusty Depot was the actual target. Epic is accusing Hannah of deliberately working with a third party to leak this info.

Hannah's defense against the accusations is that he did not purposely leak the target location. According to him, he was bombarded by "a series of questions and guesses regarding where the meteor would hit," at the end of Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 3. Hannah then shared the information in a private conversation, assuming it would remain confidential. It did not, and the spoilers were published to a subreddit. Both the post and the account that created it have since been deleted, but the internet is forever and this was no exception.

Epic claims the damages this leak has done cannot be fixed with money, as the company "has suffered and is continuing to suffer irreparable injury." The company is seeking punitive damages under both state and federal trade secret laws.

This isn't Epic's first rodeo through the legal ringer. PUBG Corp, the creators behind PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, filed copyright claims against Epic and Fortnite last year. That lawsuit was later dropped.

Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 5 starts July 12. The game is available on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and Battle Pass owners can now take on Week 9 challenges.

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Who gives a flying ****? This hurt nothing

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Irreparable injury....for your meteor in your F2P shooty shoot. Right.

"Hannah then shared the information in a private conversation"

So you did do it purposefully. Hope you know that they're not your friend anymore.

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Oh man, if to like Fortnite this gonna hurt more. Irreparable damage? Come on, with the disbarring is enough, why do you want to get this poor sap broke?

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As dumb as this lawsuit is and the whole "Irreparable injury" BS, the guy did break the NDA. Plain and simple there are consequences and I do understand that the dude should be liable for leaking such information. Yea I doubt they suffered much if any damages but when you work for a high profile company, you better expect to follow their rules. You agreed to the NDA, him thinking a private conversation would remain private because he was being grilled on where this meteor would land, is dumb. He knew what he signed up for.

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This is the kiss of death for a tester.

I am a senior testing engineer and breaking an NDA will get you barred from the industry immediately.

No need to sue the poor shmuck beyond that, but he really should have kept his mouth shut.

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Uh...okay, the guy signed an NDA and should have kept quiet, but irreparable damages? Seriously, Epic? The guy will probably never work again in the gaming industry because of this, but now his finances should be destroyed because...the meteor's impact location was revealed too soon.

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@Barighm: Correct. If he's brain-dead/inbred enough to sign a contract and then break it, then he deserves whatever he gets.

Stupid is not a defense.

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I thought the makers of PUBG suing Epic was stupid, but this lawsuit is even dumber. How can epic clam they suffered irreparable injury when their profits keep going up every month, the game continues to be downloaded at rapid rates, and knowing where the map for an online videogame is going to change does literally nothing to stop people from playing, stop people from spending money, or harm the company in any way. This is just stupid and intended to intimidate future leakers. But they have no case because there is no evidence of any harm in anyway.

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@ZIMdoom: "no case" Holy shit, do you know what an NDA is, or are you really this fucking stupid?

No need to answer, I already know.

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@jerky_666: Pretty uncalled for, especially since you don't seem to understand how these things work.

An employee can certainly be terminated for breaking an NDA, but for Epic to get monetary compensation, they would have to prove damages to a court and in this case, there's probably zero chance of that. Therefore, no case really.

Maybe try to understand the conversation better next time before calling someone else stupid...

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@jerky_666: I would like to thank you for the dumbest and most unnecessarily hostile response to a post I’ve ever seen.

yes he violated an NDA. He admits that outright. My claim of “no case” is very clearly related to epic’s claim this leak resulted in irreparable injury. You know, all that stuff I wrote before I stated they had no case. But that would only be apparent to someone who had basic reading comprehension. Your response tells me that was too much of me to expect from some people.

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Irreparable injury? Bullshit. They make plenty of money. However, private or no, dude ignored his NDA.

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