At the time it filed suit, the developer may not have known the full identities of its cheaters since one of them is a minor and it's hard to believe the company would purposely sue a 14-year-old. Caleb's mom was not having any of that, and in a law-savvy turn of events, she filed a counterclaim in court defending her son against the Fortnite creators.
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. Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. Secondly, she says that Fortnite is a free-to-play game, yet Epic Games' whole case is based on the developer's claim that it lost profits because of the cheaters.
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It's likely that the lawsuit will be dismissed given the fact that Epic Games revealed the minor's name.
Her final point goes on to say that when Epic released her son's name publicly with the suit that the company violated DE laws that deal with revealing information on minors. Epic makes a teenager "scapegoat", because it is not able to cope with cheaters. The "derivative works" that Epic Games claim the boy has built for cheating purposes can not be proven, the mother argues.
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"It is my belief that due to their lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game, they are using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat to make an example of him", she states in her letter, as shown to Torrentfreak. This, according to Epic, violates the Terms of Service. We agree to these contracts without reading them or even understanding what types of behavior scale from prohibited to illegal.
The alleged cheater's mother added that Epic is also requesting financial gain her son made from these cheats, although she says her son has made no money from live streaming. 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. The lawsuits began in October, but the age of one of Epic's targets has only recently come to light.
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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. It seems our 14-year-old rapscallion purchased exploits from the website Addicted Cheats, and was caught using and promoting them on YouTube.
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