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Fortnite Battle Royale: Epic Games Sues 14-Year Old Due to Cheating

30 November 2017, 12:43 | Yvette Williams

Epic Games sues minor for cheating in Fortnite, mother defends him stating that Epic violated the law

14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Defends Him

Instead of responding to the lawsuit via an attorney, the boy's mother came out to his defense instead. Though Epic's aims were to clean up the experience and eliminate problems like third-party aimbots and paid cheating software, an unforeseen issue is the fact that Epic's lawsuit involves an individual that is considered a minor and can not legally be sued. Rogers' mother filed a letter with North Carolina's US District Court saying that Epic "has no capability of proving any form of modification" because her son merely installed cheats he downloaded from Addicted Cheats, versus altering the game's source code himself.

While taking cheaters to court is a rather curious avenue for Epic to peruse, it appears that the company may have bitten off more than it can chew with its legal fight.

She says that Fortnite's terms require parental consent for minors, and that she never gave this consent. Caleb's mom was not having any of that, and in a law-savvy turn of events, she filed a counterclaim in court defending her son against the Fortnite creators. "As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".

For players who managed to snag an Xbox One X earlier this month, Epic Games is finally giving Fortnite the visual boost it needs to really take advantage of the new hardware. The defendant in question turned out to be a 14-year-old, who the video game makers can not legally sue.

However, the 14-year old's mother has made a decision to fight the case on his son's behalf and has claimed that Epic Games is using them as scapegoats.

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Epic Games, the game developer of the massively popular Fortnite survival shooter, now finds itself at the center of a heated debate around the ethics of punishing cheaters after filing a lawsuit against a 14-year-old boy. Epic elaborated in its statement that it doesn't condone cheating no matter the age of the offender.

"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies". This week we're seeing a bunch of bug fixes while also a few new additions to the game itself.

Epic hasn't commented further, and it is not clear whether the company knew it was targeting a minor when it sued.

She also argued that Epic Games is incapable of claiming profit loss as a reason for the suit because the game is free-to-play and waged that Epic Games actually engaged in foul play by announcing the name of a minor publicly in the case.



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