Epic Games Suing Fornite Cheaters, Including Minor Whose Mother Responded

Delia Watkins
November 29, 2017

"We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players". Rogers then proceeded to challenge this takedown request, which put Epic into the position of either dropping the claim or file a suit against him, with the latter being the company's choice.

"Epic is not OK with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", it said.

First of all, the woman argues that the terms and conditions to play Fortnite require minors to have parental consent, which her son never had. "Epic Games Inc.is in complete violation of this".

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. In it, she makes some very valid claims/points regarding the actions of her son.

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So it looks like the boy really did take some foolish steps that make Epic's case appear more reasonable. Further she claims that because Fortnite is free to play, there is no license agreement between Epic and the players because no purchase occurred, establishing a contract between licensor and purchaser. The developers are now attempting to sue a 14-year-old boy who, according to the mother, simply downloaded the cheats from a popular cheating site and streamed himself using them. Epic Games has left the young teenager on the lawsuit because he uploaded a video to YouTube revealing how to use cheats in Fortnite. Her argument boils down to the fact that her son did not develop the cheats, nor did he distribute them.

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. For children with unfettered access to the internet, this is an especially troublesome gray area resulting in a minefield for parents and corporations alike. Moreover, these aimbots are set to attack Twitch Streamers, ensuring they can not win the game.

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. 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.

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