Epic sues 14-year-old cheater, and the mother responds

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She makes a number of good points, including the fact that Epic is suing for loss of profits even though Fortnite Battle Royale is free-to-play, and that her son didn't actually make the cheats, he just bought them.

Despite this, Epic has responded saying that the lawsuit is about the boy promoting the use of cheats on YouTube and refusing to take down the video which they say is essentially a how-to guide for other players to learn how to cheat themselves.

Epic explained the reasoning behind the lawsuit against the minor in a statement received via email: "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". The boy's mother is calling on the court to dismiss the case as "the infraction does not equate the suing of a minor by a major gaming company".

This is still an ongoing case so there's no news yet on a final verdict.

In the letter (via Kotaku), the mother of the alleged cheater fires back at Epic Games with how she believes the case is invalid. Let us know in the comments.

Epic has previously stated that it will have zero tolerance for cheaters.

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Not only that, but the mother makes a convincing argument that it would be hard for Epic to prove in court that her underage son was bound by its end user licensing agreement (EULA) given that Fortnite is a free-to-play game and its EULA did not contain an option for underage users to obtain parental consent, which she says she never gave.

She says that Fortnite's EULA requires permission from a parent or legal guardian for minors, which she did not give. Is Epic overreacting? Should the company just ban the 14-year old from playing, or should they continue the lawsuit just to make sure others don't follow suit?

You can read the defendant's mother's letter below. She also claims that her son did not invent or program the software allowing him to cheat, as Epic alleges, but rather he downloaded it.

Online multiplayer games on different systems are plagued by people who use cheat codes or take advantage of flaws in the game's inner workings to gain an edge on other players who play fairly.

To prove that it has indeed suffered financial damage, the teen's mother is urging Epic Games to make a statement that would certify that her son's cheating was directly responsible for a massive loss in profit. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".