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‘Fortnite’ Leaker Says Epic Legal Threats Forced Closure

Updated: Fortnite” dataminer FNBRLeaks has closed its social media accounts after developer Epic Games reportedly threatened it with legal action, according to Eurogamer.

“I am not going to go into specifics with this, but due to the request of an Epic Games attorney who I’m not going to disclose, my Twitter, Discord, YouTube, Instagram, and GitHub must be deleted, or else they will take action,” said FNBRLeaks’ owner, Preston, on TwitLonger Friday. “Thank you all for the support and followers over my seven month span of the FNBRLeaks Twitter. Sadly, everything comes to an end.”

Preston received a cease-and-desist letter from Epic, which was posted to Discord by a FNBRLeaks staff member. The letter claims Preston’s actions “are damaging to the ‘Fortnite’ community because they have spoiled the game for millions of people who play and/or watch ‘Fortnite,’ and negatively impact those who work hard to create and update ‘Fortnite.’ The fact that he is a teenager makes this no less true.”

Although FNBRLeaks’ original Discord server is gone, it still has a website and a new server. Variety obtained a copy of the letter there, which you can view below:

FNBRLeaks is known for gathering datamined information on upcoming “Fortnite” content — things like new cosmetics and weapons — and leaking it online. Its Twitter page had about 243,000 followers before it disappeared, according to Eurogamer, which made it one of the most well-known “Fortnite” leak sources on the internet. But, Epic Games told Variety in a statement on Friday it wasn’t the data mining that landed FNBRLeaks in its legal cross-hairs.

“The owner of this account and others promoted and advertised the sale of game modification tools which violate our terms of service, and this is not directly related to data mining or leaking,” an Epic Games spokesperson said.

Epic is known for taking a hard stance against alleged cheaters and mod sellers. It filed a lawsuit in October against a popular YouTuber, Golden Modz, for allegedly using and selling “Fortnite” cheats. Last year, it infamously filed another lawsuit against a 14-year-old boy for also allegedly using hacks within the popular battle royale game, which prompted a scathing letter from the child’s mother.

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