Like many other online games, Fortnite is the target of cheaters who look to ruin the experience for other players. Epic Games takes cheating in Fortnite very seriously, to the point where it has pursued legal action against cheaters. Epic is now continuing with a lawsuit against one particular 14-year-old cheater, known as CR, for using cheats to “unlawfully modify” Fortnite.
Epic’s lawsuit against 14-year-old CR also points out that the individual runs multiple YouTube channels that he uses to promote and distribute cheat software to other Fortnite players. CR has also apparently been banned from Fortnite over a dozen times in the past, which establishes a pattern of repeated behavior that the defendant knows is against the game’s Terms of Service and End-User License Agreement.
A few months ago, the defendant’s mother released a letter that was interpreted by a judge as a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. However, Epic has now released a 17 page document that argues against the points the mother made in her letter, indicating its intention to continue with the lawsuit.
Epic’s document is an attempt to deny the motion for dismissal. If successful, then it could result in a default ruling in favor of Epic where the studio would be entitled to monetary compensation. Previously, a settlement was reached where CR was issued a permanent injunction that will cost $5,000 if breached.
Some may find it harsh that Epic is pursuing legal action against a minor, but others will point out that the individual knowingly breached Fortnite‘s Terms of Service on numerous occasions. It will be interesting to see how this situation develops moving forward, and if the defendant or his mother will have a response to Epic’s argument.
It’s worth pointing out that this isn’t the first time Epic has pursued legal action against Fortnite cheaters. Epic’s willingness to take Fortnite cheaters to court could potentially deter others from attempting to alter the game’s code in the future and may keep it relatively free of cheaters compared to other online games.
Source: GamesIndustry.biz, Torrentfreak