Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney caught wind of what was once a low-profile cryptocurrency Twitter page known as "Fortnite Token" and called out the users behind it for using the Fortnite name and images "to market an unrelated product." In fact, this Fortnite Token cryptocurrency was called "a scam" by the man himself and he stated that "Epic's lawyers are on it," threatening legal action.
Sweeney did get some pushback from the creators behind the Fortnite Token account. "Fortnite Token isn't a scam cryptocurrency project," responded the page. "Instead, this is a fair-launch, community-driven, Fortnite game fans-created cryptocurrency project with no specified owner or company structure behind it or a CEO deciding on its future." Sweeney plainly said, "that's not how trademarks and copyrights work, though," and later went to his Twitter to deliver the news that legal action might be the best move against scammy pages like Fortnite Token.
There isn't a Fortnite cryptocurrency. The Twitter accounts promoting such a thing are a scam. Epic's lawyers are on it. Also, shame on the cryptocurrency marketplaces that enable this kind of thing.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) June 6, 2022
We've seen how brutal it can be once Epic Games' lawyers get in the courtroom after their recent win over a Fortnite cheater, and it's clear that the same could happen for these cryptocurrency pages after crossing Sweeney. In the past, Sweeney did announce that Epic would "welcome games that made use of blockchain tech" but wouldn't stand for them if they didn't "follow the relevant laws, disclose their terms, and are age-rated by an appropriate group." His response to the Fortnite Token Twitter account is proof of that statement.
Do you think how Sweeney stepped in to call out a scam publicly and remind Epic's player base of its stance should be normalized by other CEOs? Let us know below!
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