Epic Games sues minor for cheating in Fortnite, gets lambasted by mother

Fortnite Dev is Suing a 14-Year-Old for Cheating

Fortnite Dev is Suing a 14-Year-Old for Cheating

She argues that Epic has no proof her son modified the game. The ensuing debate has been fierce, with some praising Epic and others decrying the legal measures as excessive and heartless, suggesting this case could become a touchstone for how game developers of highly competitive online titles handle cheaters and licensing agreement violations in the future. They can be found in both containers and randomly around the world. The game involves a contest between a large number of human players, with as many as 100 people facing off in a single round.

But Epic Games argues that the boy explained how to use the cheats through a YouTube video, which the company ordered to take down, to the boy's refusal. This software typically makes it easier to aim guns, allowing players to automate the act of defeating opponents.

Since Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play video game, and Epic would need to provide a statement certifying that Rogers' cheating directly caused them a "mass profit loss" due to her son's actions. Instead of banning two Fornite players for cheating, they made a decision to take the two individuals to court. And she brings up some good points. Instead, he simply downloaded them from a popular cheating website and streamed himself using the cheats. The first is that minors are not supposed to be able to play the game without parental consent, something she apparently did not give.

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There's also the matter, as TorrentFreak point out, that you can't actually sue a minor directly, raising the possibility that Epic didn't know the full identity of the accused before going ahead with the case.

However, this is where it starts to get really tricky.

After the boy contested the DMCA takedown notice, the company then filed a lawsuit to make a statement that they will not tolerate this from other Fortnite players who might be thinking of cheating as well.

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"We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".

When the lawsuits began last month, Epic cited that the two cheaters were using, and were allegedly associated with, the site Addicted Cheats in order to obtain "aimbots" in game.

The studio says it has taken the step because the boy declined to remove a YouTube video he published which promoted how to use the software. However, it appears that one of the defendants in the lawsuit is a 14-year-old whose mother says that he is a scapegoat in Epic's ongoing battle against cheats and hacks in Fortnite.

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