Alleged 'Fortnite' hacker's mom fights anti-cheating lawsuit


Epic Games has released Patch v.1.9.1 for Fortnite implementing Xbox One X enhancements for higher visual fidelity, nine new weapons for the game's Save the World portion and non-lethal smoke grenades for Fortnite Battle Royale.

Meanwhile, Epic potentially faces litigation from PUBG Corp over the similarities between PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite's "Battle Royale" mode. As it turns out, one of the two defendants is actually a 14-year-old boy, and his mom is livid that her son has been thrust into this legal three-ring circus.

She also points to the EULA (the terms and conditions of play) that state a minor must have permission from a parent or guardian to play.

Her final point goes on to say that when Epic released her son's name publicly with the suit that the company violated DE laws that deal with revealing information on minors. She also believes that the case is based on a loss of profits, however since Fortnite is free-to-play, Epic should not have lost any money due to her son's alleged cheating.

Her son did not help create the cheat software, but simply downloaded it as a user, and that Epic "has no capability of proving any form of modification".

According to Epic, the players modified the game's code by using the site "Addicted Cheats" to obtain "aimbots" that would give them a competitive edge in the game, which involves building forts, scavenging gear and fighting waves of monsters.

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Lastly, the mother says that by releasing her minor son's name to the public, Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors.

"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", Chester said in an email.

"It is illegal to release underage individuals' personal information by any agencies", she writes. "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".

Cheating at a video game may not be as serious as using Facebook or Twitter to harass or threaten someone, or using programming scripts to participate in a distributed denial of service attack against a government website.

Epic Games has released a brand new patch for Fortnite which is set to add new items and fixes to Battle Royale and Save the World.

Epic had issued a DMCA takedown request for these videos, saying they amount to a guide on how to cheat, and was then promoting it on his YouTube channel.