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

Epic Games is taking a 14-year old kid to court for cheating

Essentially the pair were in Epic's crosshairs for their association with the website Addicted Cheats, and were allegedly using software in Fortnite that, according to the developer, had "the deliberate intention of ruining the game for other players and players who watch streamers". The letter ends with the mother stating that Epic violated the law in releasing her son's name.

Back in October, we learned that Epic Games had filed a lawsuit against two specific Fortnite cheaters.

The mother is also angry that the game's publisher has made her son's name public, which allowed newspapers and other media outlets to easily get access to his name and release other details. "We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".

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.

Epic has chose to take the users to court, rather than just ban them, after deciding that the modification of the game's code is against Fortnite's End User License Agreement and the Copyright Act.

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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. She acknowledged that her son showcased those cheats during a live stream session via YouTube.

Momma is not happy and has accused Epic of using a teenager as a scapegoat for a much larger group of cheaters - most of whom just received a ban.

"It is my belief that due to their lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game, they are using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat to make an example of him", she states in her letter, as shown to Torrentfreak. Important to note that a minor can not be sued directly, which means there's a chance Epic did not know of the 14-year old's identity at the time. We agree to these contracts without reading them or even understanding what types of behavior scale from prohibited to illegal. This week we're seeing a bunch of bug fixes while also a few new additions to the game itself.

Rogue online gamers have designed, sold or used computer code to crush competitors playing the popular "Fortnite" survival video game, spoiling the experience and the creator's profit potential, the game's maker charges in a series of lawsuits. By law the company was obliged to remove, or to go to court. This was a free game.

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