Mother Defends Son Over Fortnite Cheating Allegations
Who do you call when a million-dollar gaming company opens a civil lawsuit on you for alleged Fortnite cheating? Your Mother.
Epic Games has gained notoriety in recent weeks after it filed a civil complaint against a 14-year-old Fortnite player who was accused of advertising aimbot software. As it turns out, the defendant’s greatest asset may be his mother.
In a letter filed on November 15, the 14-year-old’s mother addressed the allegations and made several counterpoints that may clear his name.
You can read the full letter below.
The boy was accused by Epic Games of promoting Addicted Cheats, an aimbot software provider, while streaming the free-to-play-battle-royale-version of of Fortnite. While their offense in the case is not noted as cheating, Epic Games claims that they allegedly “unlawfully modif[ied] Fortnite’s software so that he has an unfair competitive advantage over other Fortnite players” and that he “use[d] cheats in a deliberate attempt to destroy the integrity of, and otherwise wreak havoc in, the Fortnite game.”
The mother, however, claims that her son did not modify the game or create the cheat sofware, nor was he given consent to play the game in the first place.
She also argued that Epic Games is incapable of claiming profit loss as a reason for the suit because the game is free-to-play and waged that Epic Games actually engaged in foul play by announcing the name of a minor publicly in the case.
She called that the judge, Malcolm Howard in Civil Action Case Number 5:17-cv-534, dismiss the case.
You can read more about Fortnite, including the game achieving over 10million players here, or read up on DualShockers’ recent community playdates in the game here.