Epic's lawsuit against Fortnite cheaters just got more complicated

Monsters await in Fortnite. The boy's mother is irate, filing a complaint in the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court.

Well, it turns out that one of the people Epic is suing happens to be a 14-year-old boy and his mum has a couple of things to say about this.

While taking cheaters to court is a rather curious avenue for Epic to peruse, it appears that the company may have bitten off more than it can chew with its legal fight. "We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".

Epic's suit could result in fines of up to $150,000.

Last month, Fortnite's Battle Royale mode saw "thousands" of players banned for cheating, and according to Epic Games' Nathan Mooney, battling cheats in Fortnite is "the highest priority" across the company.

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She goes on to state that her son is being used a "scapegoat to make an example of him" due to Epic's "lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game".

She takes issue with Epic using her son as a scapegoat, when the company should really be going after the cheat makers. First, she claims that her son did not create any modifications for the game himself, and that he actually downloaded existing cheats from a website in public view. It started after the creators have released a new update for the game "battle Royal".

"It is illegal to release underage individuals' personal information by any agencies", she writes.

Rogers asked that the court "take into consideration the above-mentioned issues regarding this lawsuit". The mother says it isn't legally binding as minors require permission from parents or guardians, which never happened in this instance.

The biggest point of contention revolves around the EULA agreement. Players found they could literally ride the projectiles fired by the pumpkin launcher that replaced the rocket launcher during Fortnitemares, and hilarity ensued. These are players who, increasingly, are playing games that are given out for free online that involve interacting with other human beings - all with little rules, protections, or guardrails to regulate their behavior. "I respectfully request Your Honor to consider dismissal of this case as the infraction does not equate the suing of a minor by a major gaming company". Though Epic's aims were to clean up the experience and eliminate problems like third-party aimbots and paid cheating software, an unforeseen issue is the fact that Epic's lawsuit involves an individual that is considered a minor and can not legally be sued.

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