Epic Games Suing Fornite Cheaters, Including Minor Whose Mother Responded

Fortnite developer Epic Games have promised battling cheaters is their highest priority, but the publisher may have overstepped in their quest to keep their hugely popular online survival game legit. Now, a month later, the mother of one of the alleged cheaters has responded and is calling the entire lawsuit into question, admonishing Epic for publicly naming her son, who is a minor.

Cary, North Carolina-based Epic Games has sued three Americans and six foreign gamers from Sweden to South Africa for hacks that undercut the game played by more than 10 million players worldwide. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim". During the trial the woman said that Epic Games is no proof about the fraud of her son. "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.

Epic Games has released a brand new patch for Fortnite which is set to add new items and fixes to Battle Royale and Save the World. As it turns out, one of the two defendants is actually a 14-year-old boy, and his mom is livid that her son has been thrust into this legal three-ring circus.

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Ultimately, she says, that by going after her son rather than the websites who produce cracks like the one he used, Epic Games is using her son as a scapegoat because they can't prevent other players from cheating. It was posted on YouTube a video in which explains what do you need to do with cheats, and when the authors Fortnite demanded to delete the video, filed a complaint. You want to take it to cheaters, but the reality is, a large portion of them are just kids who don't understand what they're potentially getting themselves into. We agree to these contracts without reading them or even understanding what types of behavior scale from prohibited to illegal. But these hacks do have a harmful effect on an online game community by undermining the integrity of a title's fair and level playing field. After update 1.9.1 launches, players using the new console will be able to utilize 4K and visual settings comparable to running the game on a high-end PC using Epic quality.

How Epic plans to handle it will be telling, not just because it illustrates how far a company might go to take a YouTube video down, but because it shines a spotlight on the rights and responsibilities of minors.

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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