But the actions weren't enough to stop two prolific cheaters, who constantly created new accounts under false names to circumvent the bans. The game developer sued the boy and another person for cheating in the video game, Fortnite, allegedly by tricking the battle royale game by using an aimbot service. Further she claims that because Fortnite is free to play, there is no license agreement between Epic and the players because no purchase occurred, establishing a contract between licensor and purchaser.
The 14-year-old's mother addressed a number of issues in a letter to the court, arguing that the game developer handled the matter inappropriately in several aspects. As it turns out, one of the two defendants is actually a 14-year-old boy, and his mom is livid that her son has been thrust into this legal three-ring circus. And it appears that since Epic identified her son by name, and he is a minor; the company violated DE law related to the release of information on minors.
His mother says he is a scapegoat.
She says that Fortnite's EULA requires permission from a parent or legal guardian for minors, which she did not give. Additionally she makes the point that Epic illegally revealed her son's name in the lawsuit, as he is a minor.
"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".
"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", said Epic in a statement to Kotaku. Rogers then proceeded to challenge this takedown request, which put Epic into the position of either dropping the claim or file a suit against him, with the latter being the company's choice.
"We take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players".