In late September, Sykes tweeted about the eleventh season in Fortnite and alluded to "new stuff". Then, he allegedly used multiple accounts to leak the new map, as well as other mechanical details, like the addition of swimming, boats and upgrade stations.
Starting as a Save The World event in 2017, Fortnitemares became a staple of battle royale a year ago when evil cube monsters invaded the game.
However, a few days prior to the black hole engulfing the entire game, leaks suggested that Fortnite Chapter 2 was on its way. It would seem that Epic are looking to set an example to any future testers who may be tempted to leak information. Epic allege that a "user experience tester" named Ronald Sykes was the reason for these leaks. In a court document, Epic says that the company is, "suing Sykes because he broke his contractual obligation to keep Epic's secrets about the upcoming season of Fortnite, Epic's popular video game". Not only did this violate the terms of his non-disclosure agreement with the developer, it voided the efforts of a 'multidisciplinary team of hundreds of developers, designers, engineers, marketers, and other creative and business people who use art, science, imagination, skill, and hard work to create and continually improve the game'.
"Information is currency", the lawsuit said.
An Epic representative told Polygon it does not comment on ongoing litigation, and Sykes did not respond to a request for comment, either.
Epic Games is now asking for injunctive relief and maximum damages for Skye's alleged breach of contract and "misappropriation" of trade secrets. Once again called Fortnitemares, the tweet dares you to "Face your fears", and also gives a time of 9am EDT for October 29. In 2018 Epic sued a QA contractor for leaking details about season 3, and Epic has filed lawsuits against multiple cheaters, including teenagers.