Epic Games is suing a child for cheating at its game
Nov 30, 2017, 12:37
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 Games latest patch for Fortnite Battle Royale is now live on servers, making changes to the balance of gameplay, as well as introducing an all-new leaderboard. Important to note that a minor can not be sued directly, which means there's a chance Epic did not know of the 14-year old's identity at the time.
In her letter (available to read in full online), the boy's mother said: "This company is in the process of attempting to sue a 14-year-old child". The first is that minors are not supposed to be able to play the game without parental consent, something she apparently did not give. 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. That makes it one of the most competitive games on the market, which attracts the attention of malicious PC players who use game modifications to develop cheating software and then subscription services to digitally distribute that software for money. She also said that the suit is based on lost profits, but if the game is free-to-play, Epic would need to prove that her son's cheating actually provided a massive loss as the suit alleges.
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The mother makes a case that Epic shouldn't be suing them, but rather, the companies that offer the cheating software instead, and wants the case thrown out.
The company claims the 14-year-old incurred in copyright infringement due to the fact that he altered the game's code without permission and to favor his own character in the game, which also goes against the "no cheating" rules established by the studio.
"It is illegal to release underage individuals' personal information by any agencies", she writes. The practice is illegal in DE when it involves a minor.
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.
The boy was accused by Epic Games of promoting Addicted Cheats, an aimbot software provider, while streaming the free-to-play-battle-royale-version of of Fortnite. This week we're seeing a bunch of bug fixes while also a few new additions to the game itself. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".
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