Monsters await in Fortnite.
Epic Games has filed a lawsuit against two players using prohibited software in Fortnite. The boy's mother is irate, filing a complaint in the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court. The defendant in question turned out to be a 14-year-old, who the video game makers can not legally sue.
She also argues that Epic's case is based on loss of profits, but argues that the game is free-to-play, in order for the company to prove a loss they would need to release a statement that showed how the cheating directly caused a "mass profit loss".
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's suit could result in fines of up to $150,000.
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We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual's legacy, it is not a license for harassment. When pressed again, she replied that the review was under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee.
Epic's latest update to the zombie survival shooter Fortnite brings some handy new toys to both the Battle Royale and Save the World modes (and in case there's any question, by "toys" I mean mostly guns), plus a pair of new Battle Royale leaderboards and the return of "Mutant Storms". He didn't respond when asked whether the company has also sued web hosting or other companies used to distribute the cheating code, or how those targeted were identified.
Not only that, but the mother makes a convincing argument that it would be hard for Epic to prove in court that her underage son was bound by its end user licensing agreement (EULA) given that Fortnite is a free-to-play game and its EULA did not contain an option for underage users to obtain parental consent, which she says she never gave. The kid's mother informs the court that the game publisher has no right to go after her son, accusing the company of using him as a scapegoat.
"Referencing State of Delaware House Bill No. 64 it is illegal to release under age individuals' personal information by any agencies". Lauren Rogers said in the letter that the boy didn't modify "Fortnite", but instead obtained the tools from an easily accessible public web site that Epic Games should be suing instead. The practice is illegal in DE when it involves a minor.
On a grander scale, the lawsuit speaks to the contentious debate around the legal enforcement of licensing agreements and terms of service contracts.
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. These are players who, increasingly, are playing games that are given out for free online that involve interacting with other human beings - all with little rules, protections, or guardrails to regulate their behavior.