Epic Games Suing 14-Year-Old For Cheating.

Epic Games Suing A 14-Year-Old For Cheating.

The mother of 14-year-old Caleb “Sky Orbit” Rogers is pissed at Epic Games for suing his child over cheating. The company is suing the minor for using a subscription-based cheating service that leveraged Epic’s own intellectual property and could be fined $150,000.

“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.”

However, Rogers had his mother ,Lauren Rogers, wrote in a note to the U.S. District Court Eastern District of North Carolina to state his case.

“This company is in the process of attempting to sue a 14-year old child. They are claiming he prepared derivative works based upon a copyrighted work and publicly performed and displayed this as such. They are also claiming he ‘modified their game’ to use a cheat and live streamed it. This would, of course, fall under the Copyright Act if he did in-fact modify their game.”

“Epic Games Inc failed to legally bind underage users with their EULA agreement,” Lauren Rogers said, “which is a contract between the licensor and purchaser, establishing the purchasers right to use the software. This being said, the game itself was in-fact free. No purchase of said game occurred.”

Lauren Rogers also stated that by revealing his name in the suit, they have broken Deleware laws (where they live) in relation to information of a minor.

Epic Games said cheating breaks a legal agreement, called the end user license agreement or EULA, which Rogers agreed to in order to gain access to the game. By Epic’s reasoning, that puts him at odds with the DMCA and makes him eligible for a similar fine of up to $150,000 per incident.

By the look of things this won't just go away. Do you thing Epic Games is being fair by suing the 14-year-old ? Let us know in the comment section below.

SOURCE: Polygon

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