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Fortnite Developer Epic Games Files Lawsuit Against 14 Year Old for Cheating

29 November 2017

On the other hand, Epic is suing a 14-year-old over a YouTube dispute, a territory that's already a lightning rod for controversy in the game community because of how corporations have misused DMCA takedowns in the past. Epic Games states that "under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

Cheating in an online game can ruin the experience for everyone, so game publishers react quickly and hit the ban button regularly for players attempting to gain an unfair advantage.

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

"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", the company stated.

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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.

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. "Epic Games in complete violation of this". And it appears that since Epic identified her son by name, and he is a minor; the company violated DE law related to the release of information on minors.

She goes on to state that her son is being used a "scapegoat to make an example of him" due to Epic's "lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game". You want to take it to cheaters, but the reality is, a large portion of them are just kids who don't understand what they're potentially getting themselves into. This, according to Epic, violates the Terms of Service. Almost every piece of technology, including both hardware and software, carries with it some type of murky agreement regulating the behavior of consumers, whether it's to prevent them from modding a video game, jailbreaking a smartphone, or using a product in some way its creators never intended. For children with unfettered access to the internet, this is an especially troublesome gray area resulting in a minefield for parents and corporations alike.

The alleged cheater's mother added that Epic is also requesting financial gain her son made from these cheats, although she says her son has made no money from live streaming.

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This case is but one of the two Fortnite lawsuits that began last month.

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 emphasises that given that the game is free-to-play, there was no question of loss of revenue for the company. It seems our 14-year-old rapscallion purchased exploits from the website Addicted Cheats, and was caught using and promoting them on YouTube.

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Fortnite Developer Epic Games Files Lawsuit Against 14 Year Old for Cheating