Epic's lawsuit against Fortnite cheaters just got more complicated

Fortnite Patch to Add Xbox One X Support and More

Fortnite Patch to Add Xbox One X Support and More

Epic Games took cheating punishment a step further than usual in October when it not only banned two Fortnite Battle Royale players for cheating but made a decision to sue them.

As TorrentFreak - who shared the letter online - points out, minors can not be sued directly, which raises the possibility that Epic Games did not know his age when it went ahead with the lawsuit. Caleb's mom was not having any of that, and in a law-savvy turn of events, she filed a counterclaim in court defending her son against the Fortnite creators. During the trial the woman said that Epic Games is no proof about the fraud of her son. "We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".

The company claims the 14-year-old incurred in copyright infringement due to the fact that he altered the game's code without permission and to favor his own character in the game, which also goes against the "no cheating" rules established by the studio. Epic Games INC did not request his age prior to the EULA agreement, they did not request parental consent, nor did they request an "E-Signature" from their users.

Since Epic Games is a PC-centric technology company, they even get specific about what enhancements players can expect on the Xbox One X. She acknowledged that her son showcased those cheats during a live stream session via YouTube.

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Epic Games sues minor for cheating in Fortnite, mother defends him stating that Epic violated the law

Although Epic was just pursuing what it legally thought was right to do to protect its game, the company made the mistake of publicly naming the 14-year-old cheater, which is not legal according to DE state law. In a statement, the company explained that the 14-year-old cheater refused to take down a video Epic says is effectively a how-to guide for using the cheating software.

"This includes better-quality reflections (including screen space reflections being enabled); higher quality post processes like motion blur, anti-aliasing, and depth of field; great draw distances; more detailed foliage; shadow casting enabled on more lights and objects; and higher resolution textures and shadows", adds Epic. For children with unfettered access to the internet, this is an especially troublesome gray area resulting in a minefield for parents and corporations alike.

The full patch notes can be found over on Epic Games' website. 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".

You see, the poor cheater is only 14.

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