Epic Sues Minor for Cheating in Fortnite, Mother Responds

14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Defends Him

Instead of responding to the lawsuit via an attorney, the boy's mother came out to his defense instead. From the sounds of it though, Epic Games is planning to stick this out and continue on with its case. Players found they could literally ride the projectiles fired by the pumpkin launcher that replaced the rocket launcher during Fortnitemares, and hilarity ensued. 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. This software typically makes it easier to aim guns, allowing players to automate the act of defeating opponents.

But in a letter to the North Carolina federal judge hearing one case, a Newark, Delaware, woman described one defendant as her 14-year-old son. The boy's mother claims that the company has picked his son as a "scapegoat" and she argues that a minor can not be pursued this way. In fact, update 1.9.1 continues the trend of adding quality of life enhancements to both the PvE side of the game, and the immensely popular Battle Royale as well. The woman goes on to point out that Epic needs to provide direct proof of his son generating mass losses with his activities.

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However, this is where it starts to get really tricky. The Minnesota man, Charles Vraspir, is negotiating a settlement to the lawsuit, Minneapolis attorney Mick Spence said.

"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", said Epic in a statement to Kotaku. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

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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. She acknowledged that her son showcased those cheats during a live stream session via YouTube. Contract law generally prohibits entering into a business agreement with a minor, which would more or less make Epic's claims null and void. The developers are now taking a 14-year-old kid into court for the exact same reason. "Epic is in complete violation of this as well as other individual websites and news reporting agencies". Remarkably, even in 2017, the extent to which a company will use legal means to crackdown on this behavior is still being worked out on a case-by-case basis, with Fortnite just the latest and most visible example. 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". This was a free game.

Fortnite's popularity has also seen the rise of cheating as well, which Epic has taken a no-tolerance policy on.

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