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.