Fortnite is the most popular video game from Epic Games today, and for several good reasons. However, the company could be placing itself in a slew of problems after it decided to move ahead with legal actions against a 14-year-old player of the game.
Apparently, the 14-year-old in question was caught cheating in Fortnite, at the same time, he has allegedly created "unauthorized derivative work."
Epic in its legal document went on to add that the 14-year-old boy is the owner of two YouTube channels where he "actively promotes, distributes, and induces others to use cheat software".
Is this child being made an example of?
We understand that Epic Games banned thousands of players from the game back in 2017, but oddly enough, only a few, including the 14-year-old boy, are being placed before the courts.
The studio says the boy has been banned from the game over a dozen times for cheating, therefore, this might be the only way for Epic to put a stop to his intentions. Now, it is said Epic had no idea of the boy’s age before moving along with proceedings, but despite now knowing, the company is still holding firm.
"It is my belief that due to their lack of ability to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their game, they are using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat to make an example of him," according to the boy’s mother in a letter.
This letter is likely a move to have the judge dismiss Epic’s case against her son, but there’s no telling if it will work.
She went on to add that there’s no proof that C.R. modified Fortnite’s game code in any shape or form, and she’s saddened at the fact that Epic released the name of her son to the public. Furthermore, because no parental consent was given to the boy to play the game, she’s claiming that with this in mind, Epic doesn’t have a case.
We doubt this will stop Epic from going forward with its plans to force the defendant to pay a fine.