The popularity of Fortnite's free-to-play Battle Royale game mode has seen numerous cheaters join its ranks, leading to creator Epic Games, which was also responsible for the Gears of War and the Unreal series, dishing out plenty of bans. Epic makes a teenager "scapegoat", because it is not able to cope with cheaters. Cheats for Fortnite are offered through the website Addicted Cheats, with two people accused of being "support personnel" for the site.
"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", the company stated. The code injection relates to an aimbot used in the game.
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. The kid appealed the takedown leaving Epic with two options: withdraw the takedown or trigger a lawsuit. In response, the boy's mother filed a legal note tearing down Epic's lawsuit and calling for it to be thrown out. Only then did Epic learn the age of the defendant. Instead of banning two Fornite players for cheating, they chose to take the two individuals 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.
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While she confirms he did cheat, she also points out her son did not create the cheats, modify the game himself, or make any money from cheating. She points out what she believes are flaws with the Fortnite lawsuit against her son, beginning by saying that Epic has no way of "proving any form of modification" that it alleges in its initial lawsuit. She says her son never got her permission to play. She adds that Epic wouldn't have lost money as it's a free-to-play title, that her son merely downloaded the cheat software and didn't help create it (as Epic claims), and that releasing her boy's name publicly means Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors.
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Regardless of what Epic decides to do next, this is a bit of a PR disaster for the company. The developers are now attempting to sue a 14-year-old boy who, according to the mother, simply downloaded the cheats from a popular cheating site and streamed himself using them.