"As we said earlier, we take cheating seriously and will use all possible means to have our games remain fun and fair and supported among gamers, the spirit of competition". Caleb's mom was not having any of that, and in a law-savvy turn of events, she filed a counterclaim in court defending her son against the Fortnite creators. Epic have banned thousands of cheaters, going so far as to file a civil suit against several of them. Additionally, she said that she never gave consent for her child to play Fortnite to begin with, which violates Fortnite's Terms of Service.
In addition to having their initiative backfire on them, Epic Games did not count on the mother blasting them with some serious legal arguments that they have yet to respond to.
Essentially the pair were in Epic's crosshairs for their association with the website Addicted Cheats, and were allegedly using software in Fortnite that, according to the developer, had "the deliberate intention of ruining the game for other players and players who watch streamers". She alleges that her son could not have modified the game on his own. Cheating sucks, but Epic's heavy-handed approach could come back to haunt them. Every time Epic took action, he simply created new accounts under false names and continued to play and cheat at Fortnite. After this though, Epic went a bit further by suing two cheaters, one of whom is a minor who chose to speak out about it on YouTube, and this is where things start getting more interesting and more complicated.
To prove that it has indeed suffered financial damage, the teen's mother is urging Epic Games to make a statement that would certify that her son's cheating was directly responsible for a massive loss in profit.
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She claims that by going after individual players, rather than the websites selling/providing the software necessary to cheat in an online game, Epic is "using a 14 year-old child as a scapegoat".
First of all, she points out that her son merely used the cheat code and explained how to install it on his YouTube channel, contrary to the accusations of him being directly involved in its development. More understandably, the company may just want the threat of a lawsuit hanging in the air to deter future cheaters from making YouTube or Twitch live streams of the behavior and encouraging others to do the same. It's also up in the air right now whether Epic really plans on following through. By law the company was obliged to remove, or to go to court.
You see, the poor cheater is only 14.