Epic Games continues pursuing lawsuit against 14-year-old Fortnite player
Epic Games is pressing ahead with legal action against a 14-year-old child for allegedly cheating in Fortnite. Proceedings began last year after thousands of cheaters were banned from the game. Epic took the extra step of pursuing legal action against several cheaters for copyright infringement, including a 14-year-old child who had been banned from the game over a dozen times. Although Epic was reportedly unaware of the defendant’s age at the time, the revelation that C.R was a minor did little to halt the process. Epic Games even reportedly hired a private investigator to locate and serve notice to the defendant.
The latest filing – courtesy of TorrentFreak – comes several months after the boy’s mother wrote a letter defending him in court. The letter was interpreted by the judge as a motion to dismiss Epic’s claims against the defendant. In defending her son, the mother argued four key points. Firstly that Epic cannot prove that C.R modified copyrighted Fortnite game code; that Epic illegally released the name of her underage son; that Epic cannot prove it is entitled to certain damages; and finally that Epic’s contract with the defendant – established through the user agreement – is not enforceable as no parental consent was given. In the most recent filing, Epic dismantles the four key arguments in favour of dismissal and has requested that motion be denied which, could result in a default ruling for monetary damages.
A parents guide to Fortnite: Battle Royale
Fortnite is an online game, Battle Royale is a part of Fortnite where players do not have to pay to play. In Battle Royal, the free segment of Fortnite, 100 players compete against each other to be the last person standing in player vs player combat. Users are playing against people of different ages from across the world, and Fortnite has in game audio chat so that players can talk and interact with each other as they play. In order to play Fortnite you have to create an account. As Fortnite is an online game you will play against players of different ages from across the world.
Although Battle Royale is free to play, other aspects of the game are not. The game does ask players to make additional in-game purchases whilst playing, though these are not required to play the game. Fortnite does feature violence when players are in combat with each other, the animation of the game is very cartoonish, and the violence isn’t bloody or gory. It is worth noting that the aim of Fortnite is to defeat other players by fighting against them. Asking your child about how they play Fortnite and what they like about it is a great way to start a conversation.
On Fortnite you can report players who are behaving inappropriately by using the in-game feedback tool located in the game Main Menu, you can also make a report by emailing the creators of Fortnite. Common Sense Media allow parents and young people to give their reviews of games that they have played.