Epic Games is suing a German gamer that the developer states has created a game-cheating hack for their game Paragon, before selling it for a monthly subscription fee. Epic is seeking both relief and damages from the development, use, advertising and sale of said hack created by Robin Kreibich of Kostanz, Germany.
Epic only had this to say: “Epic Games cannot comment on ongoing litigation.” Kreibich created the hack shortly after the game’s early access release of March 2016, roughly three years after development begun on the game. The hack was advertised on a hacking/cheats site, stated as the “world’s most powerful hack for Paragon”, claiming that the hack added a various number of things, including an aimbot, triggerbot, 3D radar and 2D radar. It was also made customizable to make it harder to detect the cheats. Players could control the speed at which the aimbot aimed, and the maps in the hack gave a constant view of where all enemies were during a match.
On June 1 and June 6, Epic sent takedown notices to YouTube for the videos created that showed off the hack. However, on June 8, Kreibich filed a request to have his videos reinstated. Epic is suing Kreibich for copyright infringement, unfair competition and a breach of contract tied to the end-user licensing agreement. They’re seeking damages as well as an order by the judge, demanding that all copies of the software be destroyed. They’re also demanding a jury trial- and an award of that would cover restitution and damages along with the costs incurred in filing this suit and taking it to trial.
Epic have recently announced plans for a major overhaul of its third-person MOBA, among which included an overhaul of movement, upgrades and other basic gameplay features.