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Epic Games defends lawsuit against 14-year-old for cheating

30 November 2017

Essentially the pair were in Epic's crosshairs for their association with the website Addicted Cheats, and were allegedly using software in Fortnite that, according to the developer, had "the deliberate intention of ruining the game for other players and players who watch streamers". However, this week some more details about the case came to light, including the fact that one of the defendants is just 14 years old.

She has addressed the court directly through a letter, which attacks Epic's handling of the case on a number of grounds. She notes that, for minors, Fortnite's terms require parental consent, which she never provided. Additionally she makes the point that Epic illegally revealed her son's name in the lawsuit, as he is a minor.

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She claims her son did not help create the cheat software, as Epic has alleged, and that the studio "has no capability of proving any form of modification".

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She also argues that Epic's case is based on loss of profits, but argues that the game is free-to-play, in order for the company to prove a loss they would need to release a statement that showed how the cheating directly caused a "mass profit loss".

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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.

Online multiplayer games on different systems are plagued by people who use cheat codes or take advantage of flaws in the game's inner workings to gain an edge on other players who play fairly.

"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies".

Epic had issued a DMCA takedown request for these videos, saying they amount to a guide on how to cheat, and was then promoting it on his YouTube channel. Players found they could literally ride the projectiles fired by the pumpkin launcher that replaced the rocket launcher during Fortnitemares, and hilarity ensued.

Epic Games explained that this means the visuals of the game will be similar to the PC version when it is set to epic quality. 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.

Epic Games defends lawsuit against 14-year-old for cheating