The mother of the 14-year old has responded to the lawsuit filed by Epic Games and points out a few important things like how the cheating translated to financial loss for the company given Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play game, and more.
In October, Epic Games unleashed the ban hammer on thousands of alleged cheaters abusing the inner mechanisms of its popular shooter Fortnite. The defendant in question turned out to be a 14-year-old, who the video game makers can not legally sue. The first is that minors are not supposed to be able to play the game without parental consent, something she apparently did not give.
The mother is also angry that the game's publisher has made her son's name public, which allowed newspapers and other media outlets to easily get access to his name and release other details.
She takes issue with Epic using her son as a scapegoat, when the company should really be going after the cheat makers. What's more, Epic Games claims that the minor has caused a profit loss but the mode of the game her son tweaked is free-to-play.
"It is my belief that due to their lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game, they are using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat to make an example of him".
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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. "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. "As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".
"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies". Caleb is a minor, he is legally incapable of agreeing to terms and conditions, furthermore, they were not read.
Epic Games has also added new Vindertech weapons to the game. Players found they could literally ride the projectiles fired by the pumpkin launcher that replaced the rocket launcher during Fortnitemares, and hilarity ensued.
Epic had issued a DMCA takedown request for these videos, saying they amount to a guide on how to cheat, and was then promoting it on his YouTube channel.