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​Epic Games Goes Ahead With Lawsuit Against Teenager Who Cheated On Fortnite

​Epic Games Goes Ahead With Lawsuit Against Teenager Who Cheated On Fortnite

Epic Games' popular game Fortnite has been in the news a lot recently - from hackers stealing money from gamers right through to mothers arguing that it's changing their children.

Well, now things are getting even more serious, as Epic Games is reportedly pressing ahead with a lawsuit against a 14-year-old boy caught cheating in the game Fortnite, IGN reports.

The case hit headlines last year when Epic announced it would be suing two Fortnite players for cheating, as their actions violated terms of service for the game.

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It transpired that one of the players was a 14-year-old boy - whose mother desperately tried to help out by trying to dismiss the case in a letter to the court.

The boy's mother had defended her son arguing four key points.

Firstly, she said that Epic 'has no capability of proving [that Defendant's action resulted in] any form of modification', and that Epic 'illegally released the defendant's name'.

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In her third point, his mother argued that Epic was unable to prove 'profit loss' and is also unable to prove that it is entitled to any financial gains that may have inured to C.R. as a result of his cheating.

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Finally, she said that Epic's contracts pursuant to the Terms and the EULA are 'not valid' because her son is a minor, and because Epic did not seek parental consent.

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However, the latest filing for the case, which has been obtained by TorrentFreak, reveals that Epic is ploughing on with the its lawsuit, regardless of these points.

According to the filing the boy posted a live-streamed video of himself cheating while playing the game, demonstrating 'his use of the cheat to unlawfully modify the Fortnite game code' and instructing viewers 'as to how to use the cheat in the same way'.

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The filing also dismantles the mother's four arguments, requesting for the motion to be denied.

It says that the first three points 'make no allegation that Epic has failed to state a claim and are, therefore, irrelevant'.

In relation to the fourth point - the one that argues the boy is a minor - Epic says that 'this is not correct', explaining that there was another similar case where an 'infancy defense' was dismissed because the students had to click 'I agree' to the terms and conditions of the user agreement.

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For that case, the court filed that 'a valid contract existed between the minors and the software company'.

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Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]