14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Defends Him

14-Year Old Video Game Cheater Sued, Mom Defends Him

Needless to say, the mother of the 14-year-old involved is far from impressed and has hit back at Epic Games. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

Online multiplayer games on different systems are plagued by people who use cheat codes or take advantage of flaws in the game's inner workings to gain an edge on other players who play fairly.

"Epic is not OK with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", it said. "Epic Games Inc.is in complete violation of this". The mom digs her heels in hard, pointing out that the EULA, which Epic makes heavy mention of in its complaint alleging that the cheaters modified the game's code, requires that minors get permission from a parent of legal guardian in order to play Fortnight. She adds that Epic wouldn't have lost money as it's a free-to-play title, that her son merely downloaded the cheat software and didn't help create it (as Epic claims), and that releasing her boy's name publicly means Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors. Contract law generally prohibits entering into a business agreement with a minor, which would more or less make Epic's claims null and void. The "derivative works" that Epic Games claim the boy has built for cheating purposes can not be proven, the mother argues.

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Torrent Freak notes that while the younger Rogers didn't mod the source code himself, he did broadcast himself using the cheats on YouTube, showed others where to download them and then asked for donations from viewers.

The lawsuit stemmed from Epic's stated objective of zero tolerance for cheating, with both defendants allegedly using an aimbot from a site that sells programs (The site costs between $5-15 a month to subscribe). You want to take it to cheaters, but the reality is, a large portion of them are just kids who don't understand what they're potentially getting themselves into. We agree to these contracts without reading them or even understanding what types of behavior scale from prohibited to illegal. Moreover, these aimbots are set to attack Twitch Streamers, ensuring they can not win the game. But these hacks do have a harmful effect on an online game community by undermining the integrity of a title's fair and level playing field.

While taking cheaters to court is a rather curious avenue for Epic to peruse, it appears that the company may have bitten off more than it can chew with its legal fight. It seems our 14-year-old rapscallion purchased exploits from the website Addicted Cheats, and was caught using and promoting them on YouTube.

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