Fortnite’s developers double down on preventing and punishing island impersonation.
Plagiarism in Fortnite Battle Royale’s Creative Mode has taken on a life of its own as of late. Even Epic Games is taking notice, releasing a blog post to explain what is “okay” and “not okay” in terms of map creation. Dubbing the plagiarism as “Island Impersonation,” Epic looks to make a clear distinction between preventing creators from falling into a trap and potentially suffering severe consequences.
What is Island Impersonation?
The developers provided a summary of what they would consider island impersonation as defined in the rules.
“On your Hub Island, do not try to take credit for content that you link to that you didn’t create. Don’t impersonate other users, streamers, celebrities, government officials, Epic employees, or anyone else. And don’t take credit for another user’s creation. Pretending to be someone else in order to deceive or defraud others is not okay.”
Stolen islands and ideas have been running rampant as of late, and many creators are losing out on credit and potential monetary incentives via their Support-A-Creator Code. Epic subsequently explained that using identical imagery to promote a copied map is strictly against the rules. Creators should also steer clear of mimicking trending maps for their benefit.
The Penalties for Island Impersonation
Epic Games defines the potential punishment as follows.
“…we will take action anywhere from disabling the Island code and removal from SAC all the way up to an account ban for repeated infractions.”
There is a zero-tolerance policy for those who replicate the hard work and dedication without giving proper credit. It could result in SAC loss or an account ban, which would not bode well for creators looking to establish a reputation in the Creative scene.
The blog post proceeds to mention that Epic encourages innovation. This update comes on the heels of professional Fortnite player Cody “Clix” Conrod losing his code for an inappropriate tweet. Considering the ramifications and money that Fortnite personalities stand to lose, it’s important to adhere to all of Epic’s policies. Creators should always give credit where it’s due. These are essential guidelines to follow if creators hope to avoid discipline.
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