What do you do when you get sued by playing a game? Caleb Rogers’ mom gives you some pointers.
Most of the people who play online games have definitely come across a cheater at one point or another. The problem of cheating has existed for as long as online competitive games have existed. Most companies try to curb it by banning the user accounts from playing anymore. But Epic Games took an epic decision of not just banning the players, but also suing them. Last month, Epic sued two players for cheating, one of them a 14-year old. Epic has accused him of using bots to stream snipe. And defending him from the lawsuit is his mother. She is unhappy enough that she has addressed the court directly, rather than through an attorney.
In a letter sent to the court she claims that he can not be sued under the Copyright Act, which the company is doing, because there is no proof that he has modified the game. Furthermore, she also says that since the player is a minor, EULA is not binding. EULA states that minors need parental consent to sign the agreement, and the mother did not consent.
She also claims that Epic is making her son a scapegoat by not suing the websites selling the cheats. The mother also says that Epic Games claiming loss due to his activities does not hold ground because Fortnite is a free-to-play game. There is also the fact that you cannot directly sue a minor. Also, as the mother points out, by releasing the boy’s information, Epic has violated Delaware laws.
“This particular lawsuit arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown notice on a YouTube video that exposed and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits”, Epic says in a statement given to Kotaku. “Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim.
“Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. As stated previously, we take cheating seriously, and we’ll pursue all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair, and competitive for players.”