Epic Sues Fortnite Cheat, Now Dealing With Angry Mother

Gwen Vasquez
November 29, 2017

Epic Games is now in a heated debate after filling a lawsuit against a 14-year-old boy who was found cheating in Fortnite and live streaming it to his YouTube channel.

Epic Games (yes, the same ones that had a huge data leak) is taking the Fortnite Battle Royale player to court for using software to give him the edge over fellow players in a multi-player rumble. It is now suing a 14-year-old while being accused of illegal behavior with regards to sharing a minor's details. The two did more damage than just use aimbots, which is why Epic Games chose to file suit rather than just ban the cheaters and be done with it.

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.

In the end, the child's mother asks that the judge dismiss the case since "the infraction does not equate the suing of a minor by a major gaming company".

She also argues that Epic's case is based on loss of profits, but argues that the game is free-to-play, in order for the company to prove a loss they would need to release a statement that showed how the cheating directly caused a "mass profit loss". Let us know in the comments.

"Epic is not OK with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", it said.

Epic Sues Fortnite Cheat, Now Dealing With Angry Mother

Epic, which has banned cheaters only to see them develop more robust workarounds, has responded by suing both distributors of the software and, now it seems, at least one user of it.

The mother is also angry that the game's publisher has made her son's name public, which allowed newspapers and other media outlets to easily get access to his name and release other details.

The 14-year-old's mother addressed a number of issues in a letter to the court, arguing that the game developer handled the matter inappropriately in several aspects. "As we said earlier, we take cheating seriously and will use all possible means to have our games remain fun and fair and supported among gamers, the spirit of competition".

She claims that her son did not, as Epic allege, help create the cheat software, but simply downloaded it as a user, and that Epic "has no capability of proving any form of modification".

"It is my belief that due to their lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game, they are using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat to make an example of him". "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

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