Epic Games sued the teen over copyright infringements since he reportedly modified the game and live streamed the results. The boy’s mother claims that the company has picked his son as a “scapegoat” and she argues that a minor cannot be pursued this way.
In a letter that the desperate mother penned to one of the judges, she tried to defend her son. The “derivative works” that Epic Games claim the boy has built for cheating purposes cannot be proven, the mother argues.
Mom Claims Son Used Existing Fortnite Cheats
She claims that the teen used “existing cheats” from a publicly available source which was not affiliated with the game’s developer. She acknowledged that her son showcased those cheats during a live stream session via YouTube. The mother underlined that many other YouTubers were doing the same thing as the letter was being typed.
She also said that under the shooter’s Terms and Conditions a minor needs parental consent, which he never gave to her son. What’s more, Epic Games claims that the minor has caused a profit loss but the mode of the game her son tweaked is free-to-play.
The woman thinks that because Epic Games sued only some individual players instead of going after the website that provided them with the said cheats is an attempt to make those players scapegoats.
The mother is also angry that the game’s publisher has made her son’s name public, which allowed newspapers and other media outlets to easily get access to his name and release other details. The practice is illegal in Delaware when it involves a minor.
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