Fortnite: Battle Royale Adds Smoke Grenade in New Patch

Leigh Mccormick
November 30, 2017

Epic Games took cheating punishment a step further than usual in October when it not only banned two Fortnite Battle Royale players for cheating but made a decision to sue them. One of their targets may be a 14-year-old DE boy. One of which is a 14-year old child from DE, his mother responded to the allegation via an open letter which you can read, here.

She also says the case is based on a loss of profits, but argues that it's a free-to-play video game, and that in order to prove a loss Epic would need to provide a statement certifying that Rogers' cheating directly caused a "mass profit loss". Second, she says that revealing the identity of her son through the lawsuit is illegal, since he's a minor. Additionally, Fortnite Battle Royale now supports the Xbox One X, adding sharper textures, better reflections, and 4k support.

"It is my belief that due to their lack of ability to curb cheat codes and others from modifying their game, they are using a 14-year-old child as a scapegoat to make an example of him", she said.

But the actions weren't enough to stop two prolific cheaters, who constantly created new accounts under false names to circumvent the bans.

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"And it's ongoing, we're exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem", the company wrote. Caleb is a minor, he is legally incapable of agreeing to terms and conditions, furthermore, they were not read.

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. With over 20 million players having logged in to play the mode, Epic has been able to entice even more to stick around thanks to its constant updates and themed events. "I respectfully request Your Honor to consider dismissal of this case as the infraction does not equate the suing of a minor by a major gaming company".

The boy was accused by Epic Games of promoting Addicted Cheats, an aimbot software provider, while streaming the free-to-play-battle-royale-version of of Fortnite.

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. "Under these circumstances, the law requires that we file suit or drop the claim".

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