Epic has 10 complete seasons of Fortnite under its belt, meaning it has released a huge number of skins, weapon wraps, music, and more. It was confirmed that he took the screenshot by security cameras.
The new content's screenshot was posted on September 12, and the day after, Keywords Studios fired Johnston.
The court documents claim he admitted to taking the screenshot and sending it to himself. The company later fired him over the leak. Also part of the internal investigation's report was that the poster of the said screenshot had three friends in common with an account associated with the email of Johnston.
Epic Games launched Chapter 2: Season 1 last month after a much talked about event that left the game unplayable for a short period of time. It is a hero collector RPG (Role-Playing Game) where the player needs to save their kingdom infested by monsters.
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This is the second lawsuit filed by the company in recent weeks. The first lawsuit involves a tester who is being accused of sharing information on social media. Among the things he shared was the ability to swim and the map.
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Johnston worked at Keywords Studio, a company that provides QA, localisation, and other services to developers and publishers, and in this case, it provided playtesting services for Epic Games prior to Fortnite Chapter 2 launching. Epic Games has taken a similar line here, stating that the leak "deprived the claimant of the element of surprise" as well as tipping off its competitors.