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

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

"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", the game developer said in an official statement. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

Her first point is that Fortnite's terms require parental consent for minors, which she says was never given. Perhaps more importantly, she highlights that the EULA, which the game publisher relies heavily upon in the complaint, isn't legally binding. Some have taken the extraordinary measure of filing suit against the alleged perpetrators, such as Epic Games did last month against two users of cheat software in its Fortnite game. In it, she makes some very valid claims/points regarding the actions of her son. One of the main ones is that the company is trying to use her son and others as scapegoats instead of focusing on stopping cheaters. It's since been revealed that one of the accused is only 14 years old, and his mother is not happy.

Although Epic was just pursuing what it legally thought was right to do to protect its game, the company made the mistake of publicly naming the 14-year-old cheater, which is not legal according to DE state law. It's also up in the air right now whether Epic really plans on following through.

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

Just about every game company hates cheaters, but they are a fact of life.

Cheating at a video game may not be as serious as using Facebook or Twitter to harass or threaten someone, or using programming scripts to participate in a distributed denial of service attack against a government website.

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A slight issue that may trip him up is that he shows other people in a YouTube video how to find the code injection for the game for themselves, and that may be his undoing.

She emphasises that given that the game is free-to-play, there was no question of loss of revenue for the company. Cheating may be something developers have a legitimate interest in stamping out, but doing so by using their formidable resources to crush a 14-year-old would appear to be a step too far.

Rogers also states that her son Caleb, who was reportedly banned 14 times for various offences including the practice of stream sniping, should not have had his information released by Epic, due to laws related to publicly releasing information on minors.

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