Back in October, it was reported that Epic Games put forward lawsuits against several Fortnite Battle Royale players caught cheating. Since then, it's been revealed that one of the defendants is actually just 14 years old child, and his mother has some things to say to Epic Games.
In a letter to the court, the mother lays out several grievances with the way Epic has handled the case.
She points out that Epic has not proved that her son modified the game and violated copyright law, saying the End User License Agreement (EULA) isn't legally binding.
She also says that the EULA requires permission from a parent or legal guardian, which she did not give. She states, "Please note parental consent was not issued to [my son] to play this free game produced by Epic Games, INC[.]"
Other points she brings up in her letter to the court includes:
- Claiming that her son is a "scapegoat" as Epic is targeting individual players rather than the websites that are selling the cheating software to gamers in the first place.
- That her son did not help create the cheating software as Epic claims, but downloaded it as a customer.
- That since Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play game, Epic cannot prove "mass profit loss" directly caused by her son as Epic is accusing.
- And lastly that since her son is a minor, Epic violated Delaware laws by releasing his information to the public. She cites Delaware House Bill No. 64.
TorrentFreak notes that Epic Games probably didn't know the defendant was a minor, and that you actually can't sue a minor directly. So either Epic will drop the lawsuit or bring it up with his mother.
The lawsuit began last month when Epic began taking a hardline stance against cheaters in Fortnite Battle Royale. Specifically with users who Epic accused were tied to the website Addicted Cheat which sells "aimbots" to players to help their online performance in competitive matches.
Epic claimed that these cheats modified the game's code and breached the EULA and its copyright.
In a statement issued to Kotaku, Epic states that this lawsuit in particular is actually a result of a DMCA takedown scuffle.
"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 also reaffirmed its commitment to rooting out cheating and other copyright infringement "from anyone at any age."
You can read the defendant's mom's letter below.