Epic Games Suing 14-Year-Old Boy for Cheating in Fortnite

Epic Games Suing 14-Year-Old Boy for Cheating in Fortnite

This, along with the fact that the gaming juggernaut is suing a 14 year-old, strongly suggests that Epic had no idea who it was suing. Epic Games states that "under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

Despite this, Epic has responded saying that the lawsuit is about the boy promoting the use of cheats on YouTube and refusing to take down the video which they say is essentially a how-to guide for other players to learn how to cheat themselves. Secondly, she says that Fortnite is a free-to-play game, yet Epic Games' whole case is based on the developer's claim that it lost profits because of the cheaters. More importantly, Epic apparently released her son's details publicly, which the mother points out is illegal because he is a minor. "Epic is in complete violation of this as well as other individual websites and news reporting agencies". "And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem", the company wrote.

In a YouTube video made by the boy himself discussing the legal action, he said he cheated "for fun" and that the cheat he used was freely available online.

As Eurogamer reports, Epic isn't suing for cheating, it's more complicated than that.

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The lawsuit stemmed from Epic's stated goal of zero tolerance for cheating, with both defendants allegedly using an aimbot from a site that sells programs (The site costs between $5-15 a month to subscribe). It's unclear the company even knew the boy's age at the time it filed suit. This, according to Epic, violates the Terms of Service. For children with unfettered access to the internet, this is an especially troublesome gray area resulting in a minefield for parents and corporations alike.

This case is but one of the two Fortnite lawsuits that began last month. Moreover, these aimbots are set to attack Twitch Streamers, ensuring they can not win the game.

Epic said that the video is the big issue, as once the company had the video taken down via DMCA claim, the boy then filed a counterclaim. These are players who, increasingly, are playing games that are given out for free online that involve interacting with other human beings - all with little rules, protections, or guardrails to regulate their behavior. 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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