Now that’s a headline I never thought I’d write, but hey, here we are.
Back in October, Epic Games filed two lawsuits against two people who were allegedly using cheats in its game, Fortnite. As stated in its lawsuit, the games developer wasn’t going after the pair for cheating, per say, rather it was suing them for copyright infringement claiming that they were “infringing Epic’s copyrights by injecting unauthorised computer code into the copyright protected code”.
Essentially the pair were in Epic’s crosshairs for their association with the website Addicted Cheats, and were allegedly using software in Fortnite that, according to the developer, had “the deliberate intention of ruining the game for other players and players who watch streamers”.
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.
In a rather strongly-worded letter to the court, the player’s mother makes several points attacking Epic’s handling of the lawsuit.
First off, she points out that Fortnite requires parental consent in the event that minors want to play it, and she never granted this. Second, she says that revealing the identity of her son through the lawsuit is illegal, since he’s a minor.
As the case is based on loss of profits, she states that since Fortnite is free-to-play, Epic needs to provide a statement proving it’s losing money. She also claims that her son did not invent or program the software allowing him to cheat, as Epic alleges, but rather he downloaded it.
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.
There’s also the small matter – as TorrentFreak points out – that one can’t sue a minor directly, which seems to hint at the notion that Epic didn’t know how old this cheater was before it lawyered up.