Cheating is one of the most rampant problems in online games. Throw a stone and you're guaranteed to hit a multiplayer game that has a major problem with cheating. The most recent one to come into the news is Fortnite, a free-to-play title created by Epic Games. As cheating generally causes a massive backlash, Epic has taken a strong stance against such practices. In an attempt to soothe non-cheating players, Epic has started suing those that have been caught cheating.
One lawsuit in particular is now causing even more of a conversation than the others, as it is against a 14-year-old boy. Through the actions taken by Epic Games, it's clear that they were most likely unaware that the boy was so young before they started the lawsuit. However, as things are going now, it is clear that they will continue with this lawsuit. They've even said, “...we take cheating seriously, and we'll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.” While it's illegal according to the state of Delaware to sue a minor, Epic seemingly is going to continue their suit however they can.
Here's a real quick explanatory low-down of what happened here. A 14-year-old player of Fortnite used cheats from a site called Addicted Cheats. At that point, he livestreamed some video of him playing the game while cheating. Epic Games filed a DMCA takedown on the video in an attempt to prevent other users from watching, and thus cheating themselves by using Addicted Cheats as well. This takedown request was appealed by the teenager, at which point Epic Games had to either sue or withdraw their request. Their firm stance against cheating would not line up with their actions had they withdrawn the request, so they went forward with their suit.
All of this is ramping up into what will clearly be an interesting battle. The teenager in question is being backed by a rather intense mother who has written a letter to court systems challenging Epic Games' lawsuit in every way. What do you think of all this? Let us know in the comments!
Sources: Kotaku, Eurogamer