Fortnite Dev is Suing a 14-Year-Old for Cheating

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

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

The defendant in one case brought by Epic is a minor who was banned at least 14 times by Epic. However, this week some more details about the case came to light, including the fact that one of the defendants is just 14 years old. In addition, the pair live streamed the use of the program in the game. Epic Games submitted a DMCA Takedown request on the video, but it was appealed, which meant Epic either had to escalate to legal channels, or drop the claim entirely. The developer chose the latter.

"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", Epic says in a statement given to Kotaku.

She has addressed the court directly through a letter, which attacks Epic's handling of the case on a number of grounds.

She claims that her son did not, as Epic allege, help create the cheat software, but simply downloaded it as a user, and that Epic "has no capability of proving any form of modification".

She admits her son used preexisting cheats and livestreamed them, but "a multitude of other individuals have and now are doing this as this letter is being typed". She says that Epic has no proof that her son modified the game and the EULA is not legally binding because the child was not given parental consent to play the game by the parent.

Epic Games cannot claim "mass profit loss" because the game is free-to-play.

She claims that by going after individual players, rather than the websites selling/providing the software necessary to cheat in an online game, Epic is "using a 14 year-old child as a scapegoat".

Finally, the mother says that by releasing her son's name publicly in conjunction with the move that Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors.

Her son made no money from livestreaming these cheats. The boy's mother is calling on the court to dismiss the case as "the infraction does not equate the suing of a minor by a major gaming company". Epic's statement suggests the game maker is determined to see this one through.

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