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

30 November, 2017, 12:42 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • 14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Defends Him

Meanwhile, Epic potentially faces litigation from PUBG Corp over the similarities between PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite's "Battle Royale" mode. What the company probably didn't know at the time, however, is that one of them is 14 years old, and his mother is now vigorously defending her son.

The mother of the teenager sent the court a letter, which you can read on Kotaku, that pushes back against Epic's case against her child.

The "rocket riding" bug that was found by players as part of the Fortnitemares event is staying in the game and has been officially confirmed in this week's patch notes.

When cheaters "gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly", Epic Games spokesman Nick Chester said in an emailed statement.

Following today's update, Fortnite will run in 4K on Xbox One X. However, it's unclear if this will be native 4K, nor is it clear if the game will receive any other performance boosts when played on Microsoft's new console. What's more, Epic Games claims that the minor has caused a profit loss but the mode of the game her son tweaked is free-to-play.

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

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Over the weekends, Epic Games' crusade against Fortnite cheaters took an unexpected turn, when the mother of one of the sued players answered with a formal complaint.

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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.

"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies". The mother says it isn't legally binding as minors require permission from parents or guardians, which never happened in this instance. Epic Games INC did not request his age prior to the EULA agreement, they did not request parental consent, nor did they request an "E-Signature" from their users.

Epic explained the reasoning behind the lawsuit against the minor in a statement received via email: "This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits".

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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