The mother of the boy has filed a legal note against the lawsuit and is calling for it to be thrown out.
Despite this, Epic has responded saying that the lawsuit is about the boy promoting the use of cheats on YouTube and refusing to take down the video which they say is essentially a how-to guide for other players to learn how to cheat themselves.
Fortnite, which contains a a multiplayer mode heavily borrowing elements of the breakout game Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, has become a huge hit on both console and PC.
The fight against people cheating in online games is getting ugly.
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When free-to-play Fortnite launched, Epic Games promised to crack down on cheaters but it seems like they might be taking it a little too far. This software typically makes it easier to aim guns, allowing players to automate the act of defeating opponents. However, Epic Games issued another statement to Game Informer in which they said the following. The problem is, he's only 14-years-old.
The mother - who appears to be either a lawyer, a friend or family member of one, or a very dedicated researcher - lays out an impressive case for why the suit against her son should be thrown out. She alleges that her son could not have modified the game on his own. She adds that Epic wouldn't have lost money as it's a free-to-play title, that her son merely downloaded the cheat software and didn't help create it (as Epic claims), and that releasing her boy's name publicly means Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors. "Epic is in complete violation of this as well as other individual websites and news reporting agencies".
However, this is where it starts to get really tricky.
When it filed suit, the game developer said the action was part of a broader effort to improve the Fortnite experience and clean things up.
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This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".
Epic has previously stated that it will have zero tolerance for cheaters.
Last month, Epic Games, the publisher of the popular battle royale title Fortnite, made a decision that had some scratching their heads. Contract law generally prohibits entering into a business agreement with a minor, which would more or less make Epic's claims null and void. It's since been revealed that one of the accused is only 14 years old, and his mother is not happy.
Finally, Epic Games was accused by the mother of Caleb of using his son as a scapegoat, instead of going after the websites that offer these cheat codes and profit from sales. It's also up in the air right now whether Epic really plans on following through. This, according to Epic, violates the Terms of Service. The code injection relates to an aimbot used in the game. We agree to these contracts without reading them or even understanding what types of behavior scale from prohibited to illegal.
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Then, having produced the very evidence that negates her own argument, she says the statute's history is "unpersuasive". Mulvaney also signed off as "acting director" and invited staff to pop by his fourth-floor office to "grab a donut".
She emphasises that given that the game is free-to-play, there was no question of loss of revenue for the company.