Mom Steps in to Defend Alleged 14-Year-Old 'Fortnite' Cheater
Last month, we reported that Epic Games filed civil complaints against two alleged Fortnite cheaters. It turns out one of the defendants is a 14-year-old – and his mom is pissed. In a letter to the court, the woman says Fortnite's terms require parental consent for minors to play. She says she never gave consent and her son is not emancipated. She also points out that Fortnite is a free-to-play game, and Epic's lawyers need to prove her son's cheating and live streaming actually caused the company to lose profits.
Epic Games recently stated removing cheaters from its hugely successful online game was of the "highest priority." It apparently banned thousands of players for breaking the rules and said it's constantly working to keep cheaters from ruining the experiences of others. But, it decided to take two particular users to court after they allegedly modified the game's code, which is prohibited under the game's End User License Agreement and the Copyright Act.
"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 scape goat to make an example of him," the mom writes.
"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. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim.
"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. 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."