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Epic Games sues teenager for cheating in Fortnite

by Brandon Russell | November 27, 2017November 27, 2017 2:00 pm PST

In October, Epic Games filed civil complaints against two Fortnite players it said were using aimbot services to cheat. Now, it’s been revealed that one of those players is a 14-year-old boy.

The young boy apparently used a cheat acquired from Addicted Cheats, which offers monthly subscriptions ranging from $5 to $15. Apparently, in order to offer cheats in Fortnite, the engineers had to reverse-engineer the game, which Epic Games argues is against its End User License Agreement and the Copyright Act.

“Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age,” Epic said in a statement to Kotaku. “As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”

In response to the cheating allegations, the boy’s mother has sent a letter to the court attacking the claims made by Epic Games. You can see the letter at the source link.

In it, the boy’s mother says Epic is using the boy as a scapegoat, and that he had no hand in creating the cheating software, but simply used it. She also takes issue with Epic releasing the boy’s name publicly, violating Delaware laws related to the release of information on minors.

As part of the lawsuit, Epic Games claims the cheating led to a loss of profits, which the mother argues is untrue because the game is free-to-play.

You can check out the source link for more background information on the situation.

Kotaku

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