Finally, the mother says that by releasing her son's name publicly in conjunction with the move that Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors.
The boy was using cheat software that affected Fortnite Battle Royale, a large multiplayer arena mode added to the game following its release, which was directly inspired by the success of early access PC hit PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG). Well, it seems like Epic Games has shown the meaning of "Zero Tolerance" for anyone who is willing to cheat on their game.
In a letter to the court, his mother, Lauren Rogers, said her son has been made a "scapegoat" by Epic. "And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem", the company wrote. Then she states that in order to play Fortnite as a minor, parental consent is required in Fortnite's terms and conditions, however she did not give any consent herself. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim". "We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players". In a statement, the company explained that the 14-year-old cheater refused to take down a video Epic says is effectively a how-to guide for using the cheating software.
The most interesting lies in the fact that one of defendants - a 14-year-old. The company behind the game Fortnite, and much more, has been going after individuals it identifies as cheating in that game with lawsuits. Second, she says that revealing the identity of her son through the lawsuit is illegal, since he's a minor.
Epic provided a statement to Kotaku regarding this situation that can be read below.More news: Grizzlies Fire Head Coach David Fizdale After 101 Games
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"Epic Games, Inc. has released the defendants name publicly, therefore allowing news articles and different online publications to obtain his name and in turn release additional information", the mother said in her letter.
Cheating at a video game may not be as serious as using Facebook or Twitter to harass or threaten someone, or using programming scripts to participate in a distributed denial of service attack against a government website.
It is possible that Epic did not know the age of the minor before they named him, but Epic did not address that question when asked.
Epic also alleged that her son helped create the software used to cheat, which she claims is not the case, he simply downloaded the program as a user.