Epic sues 14-year-old cheater, and the mother responds

  • Epic sues 14-year-old cheater, and the mother responds

Epic sues 14-year-old cheater, and the mother responds

In addition to having their initiative backfire on them, Epic Games did not count on the mother blasting them with some serious legal arguments that they have yet to respond to. They can be found in both containers and randomly around the world.

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. This software typically makes it easier to aim guns, allowing players to automate the act of defeating opponents.

The popularity of Fortnite's free-to-play Battle Royale game mode has seen numerous cheaters join its ranks, leading to creator Epic Games, which was also responsible for the Gears of War and the Unreal series, dishing out plenty of bans. The problem is, he's only 14-years-old. She alleges that her son could not have modified the game on his own. Instead, he simply downloaded them from a popular cheating website and streamed himself using the cheats.

First off, she points out that Fortnite requires parental consent in the event that minors want to play it, and she never granted this.

However, this is where it starts to get really tricky. "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. 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. "As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players", the game developer said in an official statement. Epic Games has left the young teenager on the lawsuit because he uploaded a video to YouTube revealing how to use cheats in Fortnite. Cheating sucks, but Epic's heavy-handed approach could come back to haunt them.

Well, it turns out that one of the people Epic is suing happens to be a 14-year-old boy and his mum has a couple of things to say about this. This, according to Epic, violates the Terms of Service. We agree to these contracts without reading them or even understanding what types of behavior scale from prohibited to illegal.

How Epic plans to handle it will be telling, not just because it illustrates how far a company might go to take a YouTube video down, but because it shines a spotlight on the rights and responsibilities of minors.