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Epic's lawsuit against Fortnite cheaters just got more complicated

30 November 2017, 12:43 | Eugene Bates

Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against two players using prohibited software in Fortnite

Мать 14-летнего читера Fortnite заступилась за сына

One of these alleged cheaters is a minor, a 14-year old, and his mother is attempting to fight back claiming that Epic is using her son as a scapegoat and that the studio actually broke a DE law related to the release of information on minors in publicly releasing his name (via Kotaku).

He was banned at least 14 times for being a cheater in the Battle Royale mode of the game. The defendant in question turned out to be a 14-year-old, who the video game makers can not legally sue.

In a letter addressed directly to the court, the boy's mom lays into Epic, accusing the company of bullying her son.

She also points to the EULA (the terms and conditions of play) that state a minor must have permission from a parent or guardian to play. She accuses Epic of violating DE law in its case against her son.

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 also argued that Epic Games is incapable of claiming profit loss as a reason for the suit because the game is free-to-play and waged that Epic Games actually engaged in foul play by announcing the name of a minor publicly in the case.

Ultimately, she says, that by going after her son rather than the websites who produce cracks like the one he used, Epic Games is using her son as a scapegoat because they can't prevent other players from cheating.

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The boy was accused by Epic Games of promoting Addicted Cheats, an aimbot software provider, while streaming the free-to-play-battle-royale-version of of Fortnite. Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age.

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.

"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies". With over 20 million players having logged in to play the mode, Epic has been able to entice even more to stick around thanks to its constant updates and themed events. 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 we said earlier, we take cheating seriously and will use all possible means to have our games remain fun and fair and supported among gamers, the spirit of competition".

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