Epic's lawsuit against Fortnite cheaters just got more complicated
- Author: Fernando Stephens Nov 30, 2017,
Nov 30, 2017, 12:43
In response, the boy's mother filed a legal note tearing down Epic's lawsuit and calling for it to be thrown out.
Fortnite's latest patch is now live and is set to include a number of new items for both its Battle Royale and Save the World modes.
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. Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age.
Her first point is that Fortnite's terms require parental consent for minors, which she says was never given. "As we said earlier, we take cheating seriously and will use all possible means to have our games remain fun and fair and supported among gamers, the spirit of competition". While their offense in the case is not noted as cheating, Epic Games claims that they allegedly "unlawfully modif [ied] Fortnite's software so that he has an unfair competitive advantage over other Fortnite players" and that he "use [d] cheats in a deliberate attempt to destroy the integrity of, and otherwise wreak havoc in, the Fortnite game".
One way you could argue profit loss is the fact that, by cheating, some players can be turned off from playing Fortnite and by extension, they don't buy the game's microtransactions.
Epic Games has released Patch v.1.9.1 for Fortnite implementing Xbox One X enhancements for higher visual fidelity, nine new weapons for the game's Save the World portion and non-lethal smoke grenades for Fortnite Battle Royale.
Epic provided a statement to Kotaku regarding this situation that can be read below. It started after the creators have released a new update for the game "battle Royal". But Epic stands by the suit, saying that players, including Caleb Rogers who goes by the handle "Sky Orbit" and others, are cheating and enticing others to do so by selling cheat codes.
"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies. Epic Games Inc.is in complete violation of this".
Epic hasn't commented further, and it is not clear whether the company knew it was targeting a minor when it sued. 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.