Fortnite is an up and coming game that’s taking over the Battle Royale genre. It’s a clone from the already popular PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, which is already a clone of clone. Fortnite puts players in a 100 player free for all map where survival is the objective. Players fight to the death with whatever they can scavenge. Like most games, players always find exploits. That’s why Epic Games is suing a 14-year old for cheating.
Instead of just banning the cheater, Epic Games are sending the kid to court for violating their EULA. According to Kotaku, the upset mother of the kid has some counter points to this case:
- She says that Fortnite’s terms require parental consent for minors, and that she never gave this consent.
- She says the case is based on a loss of profits, but argues that it’s a free-to-play video game, and that in order to prove a loss Epic would need to provide a statement certifying that Rogers’ cheating directly caused a “mass profit loss”.
- 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”.
- 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”.
- Finally, the mother says that by releasing her son’s name publicly in conjunction with the move that Epic has violated Delaware laws related to the release of information on minors.
“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.”