Epic Games has been hit with a class-action lawsuit following the security breach it suffered earlier this year.
Fortnite might be free-to-play, but that doesn't mean the game doesn't make any money for its developers. In 2018, Epic Games reportedly raked in a cool $2.4 billion. That's a lot of Battle Passes! It's also why every time the game and its developers are hit with a new lawsuit, it is probably more of an inconvenience than a genuine worry.
That being said, the latest reason Epic is being taken to court should be taken extremely seriously. Up until now, most of the cases brought against Fortnite have been in accordance with the game allegedly using dance moves as emotes without permission. At this moment in time, it doesn't seem as if any of the individuals who have ventured down that path will emerge victorious against Epic.
As we said though, the newest case against Epic pertains to something much more serious than dance moves. It involves the security breach that took place earlier this year, reports Polygon. In January, Epic admitted that millions of its users account details were exposed and could be accessed by hackers with very little effort. Epic naturally fixed the issue, but seven months on, those who were affected have not been contacted by the developers.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed by Franklin D. Azar & Associates, and is made up of more than 100 class members who claim to have been affected. The filing reads that there was a "failure to maintain adequate security measures and notify users of the security breach in a timely manner" by Epic. It also states that those possibly affected by the breach have not been "directly informed or notified" by the developers.
No monetary values attached to the lawsuit have been mentioned, but one of its aims is to ensure Fortnite users' data is safe from any ongoing and future threats. Sadly, if your information is out there in any way, there is no way to guarantee that. We'd hope that Epic keeps Fortnite players' security info as secure as possible, especially after the breach earlier this year. However, hackers will continue to come up with weird and not-so-wonderful ways to get what they need.