Epic Suing Two Players For Battle Royale Cheating, But One's Mom Is Striking Back
Epic Games isn't going soft on cheaters in Fortnite Battle Royale. Last month it took the unusual step of not just banning, but suing a pair of players who it alleges were connected to a popular hack-providing site. Now one of them -- or rather, the parent of one of them -- is fighting back.
One of the hackers, it turns out, was a 14-year-old, and boy, is his mom pissed off. Not at her cheater of a son (who's probably an innocent angel, of course), but at Epic, and she's penned a letter outlining the holes in Epic's suit against her perfect little darling.
Obviously, using such cheats is against FNBR's end-user license agreement (EULA), but that same EULA also appears to require parental consent for minors to play it, something cheatboy's mother -- and, if we're going to be honest, probably the parents of 99.9% of teenage gamers -- never gave. Epic also alleges that the teen "offer[ed] technical support" to the cheat provider's website, while the mother contends that her precious baby simply "obtained existing cheats from a website" and "used those cheats during a game," without having any part in helping to create them.
The one point where I'll somewhat agree with the mother is where she states that Epic is simply using her son, and the other accused hacker, as scapegoats and that the developer should be "suing the websites providing the cheat codes." On the other hand, as Kotaku reports, one of the two players being sued has been banned from FNBR nine times and simply created new accounts each time "Because its [sic] fun to rage and see streamers cry." Maybe Epic felt that action with a little more teeth is warranted.
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I think suing is wrong, it may be american but its wrong to sue a game player over game play.
He or she are not cheats.
Its the flaw of the game company POORLY MADE CODE, EPIC ARE TO BLAME for their game was way to easy to hack.
Epic Games are just making themselves look like an EVIL CORP
Epic Games need to drop this lawsuit before it ruins their respect in the gaming community which it is doing now!
Epic Games made a really good game & yet they themselves took it to undermine another game company held in their trust, turn, & use their idea for their benefit for their game, now, who is the thief & ratbag here. Epic know they could get away with it because there's no rights to battle royale, so fare enough, but really what does this show about the companies trust & partnership deals it equals to a untrustworthy & copy cats game company who seeks law & money over anything & not respect & honour.
EPIC GAMES Stop being a BULLY.
That kid is not a cheat & his mother should not be titled as a "cheatboy’s mother" either. As by the law your innocent until proven guilty, which Epic Games are guilty, of POOR ARSE CODING.