Gamer's Mom Accuses Fortnite Developer of Making Her Son a 'Scapegoat'

Gamer's Mom Accuses Fortnite Developer of Making Her Son a 'Scapegoat'


After its slow start earlier in the summer, Fortnite continues to be a major success story for Epic Games thanks in large part to Battle Royale.

But the mother of the minor has chosen to respond to Epic's complaint with a strongly worded letter to the court. Caleb's mom was not having any of that, and in a law-savvy turn of events, she filed a counterclaim in court defending her son against the Fortnite creators.

She adds that instead of going after the cheaters, Epic should be targeting sites that offer warez in the first place (a bit like going after the dealer, not the addict, really). "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".

"Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age", the company stated.

Fortnite's mode has an identical structure to PUBG, with 100 players air-dropped into a huge, gradually shrinking arena where they must find items to help them emerge as the sole survivor or surviving squad. 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. In fact, the boy even made a second YouTube video in which he admitted to using the software, live streaming himself cheating, and refusing to take the initial video down. What the company probably didn't know at the time, however, is that one of them is 14 years old, and his mother is now vigorously defending her son. Some video-game makers are aggressively cracking down on cheaters, who they fear could drive away eyeballs from advertising some developers sell, said Kevin Greene, who teaches entertainment law at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego. It's also up in the air right now whether Epic really plans on following through. His parents nor guardians agreed to the terms and conditions that were set forth through the EULA [end users license agreement]. Almost every piece of technology, including both hardware and software, carries with it some type of murky agreement regulating the behavior of consumers, whether it's to prevent them from modding a video game, jailbreaking a smartphone, or using a product in some way its creators never intended.

The fight against people cheating in online games is getting ugly. This week we're seeing a bunch of bug fixes while also a few new additions to the game itself. She added that the studio was violating DE laws by releasing her son's name publicly, and she expects the charges are dropped in court. This was a free game.

You see, the poor cheater is only 14.

  • Terrell Bush