Let’s be straight for a second, nobody likes playing with cheaters. Not you, not me. Nobody. We play PvP games like Fortnite Battle Royale for their competitive integrity. That feeling of outshooting somebody in an intense standoff and snagging that Victory Royale! And then there are cheaters, the 360-spin instant headshot, we all know so well.
The company has also taken two players to court for infringing the company’s copyrights. Both users are associated with a cheat site as staff members. However, since then it was revealed that one of the accused is only 14 years old, and his mother is quite unhappy with Epic’s actions. Lauren Rogers wrote a letter directly to the court as a response to the alleged accusation of her son. Among other, she states her belief that the company is only using the 14-year old as a scapegoat and the fact that the cheater’s name was publicly revealed goes against Delaware laws. She also claims that her son did not help create the cheating software, as Epic Games allege, but simply downloaded it from a free website (the company, however, mentions a specific site that has $5 to $15 monthly subscription).
Epic Games has also contacted Kotaku on the case and provided the following statement:
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. Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim.
Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.