Filing the civil complaint in North Carolina, Epic alleges tester Ronald Sykes of sharing details of Chapter 2 ahead of its launch “at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite”.
As reported by Polygon, Sykes – who previously used the Twitter handle @invisiblellama9 before the account was deleted – is accused of tweeting another Twitter user in late September, stating: “played S11 and can tell you the new stuff”. Using an alternate account, Sykes is also alleged to have revealed further undisclosed information, including an image of the map and confirmation that players could swim in Fortnite v bucks generator Chapter 2.
“As a direct result of Sykes’ breach of his contractual obligations under his NDA,” Epic’s lawyers said in the lawsuit, “Epic has sustained and will continue to sustain damages in an amount to be determined.”
The lawsuit added that “a trade secret is information that is valuable because it is secret” and if it loses its secrecy, “it loses its value”.
“Information is currency,” the lawsuit said. “Sykes cashed in on what he learned as a User Experience tester for Epic. He did so at the expense of Epic and those in the Fortnite community who were anxiously awaiting the new season of Fortnite only to have some of Epic’s planned surprises spoiled by Sykes’ leaks.”
Consequently, Epic is seeking “injunctive relief and damages […] for misappropriation of trade secrets” by way of a civil action lawsuit. It also asks that Sykes compensates Epic for “a sum certain reflecting the maximum amount of damages” permitted under the law, as well as the developer’s legal costs.
An Epic representative told Polygon it does not comment on ongoing litigation, and Sykes did not respond to a request for comment, either.