Friday, 15 December, 2017

Epic Sues Fortnite Cheat, Now Dealing With Angry Mother

Fortnite Dev is Suing a 14-Year-Old for Cheating 14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Defends Him
Garry Little | 29 November, 2017, 00:53

"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". "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim. And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem", the company wrote. Perhaps more importantly, she highlights that the EULA, which the game publisher relies heavily upon in the complaint, isn't legally binding.

Last month, Epic took the unusual step of not just banning two Fortnite players from the game for cheating, but taking them to court.

The mother - who appears to be either a lawyer, a friend or family member of one, or a very dedicated researcher - lays out an impressive case for why the suit against her son should be thrown out. One of the main ones is that the company is trying to use her son and others as scapegoats instead of focusing on stopping cheaters. She goes on to add that instead of suing gamers, Epic should be going after the companies that provide cheat tools for games like Fortnite.

Another valid argument is that by attacking the player rather than the websites that sell/provide the cheating software, Epic has ultimately made a scapegoat out of a 14 year old. Game developers often try to mitigate the effectiveness of cheaters by closing loopholes and patching up bugs that can be taken advantage of by unscrupulous players. This, according to Epic, violates the Terms of Service. Almost every piece of technology, including both hardware and software, carries with it some type of murky agreement regulating the behavior of consumers, whether it's to prevent them from modding a video game, jailbreaking a smartphone, or using a product in some way its creators never intended.

Epic is claiming that they allegedly acted as support personnel for the site and using aimbot software "They also helped to stream snipe popular Twitch broadcasters".

A slight issue that may trip him up is that he shows other people in a YouTube video how to find the code injection for the game for themselves, and that may be his undoing. And it appears that since Epic identified her son by name, and he is a minor; the company violated DE law related to the release of information on minors. She also believes that the case is based on a loss of profits, however since Fortnite is free-to-play, Epic should not have lost any money due to her son's alleged cheating.

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