Epic's latest update to the zombie survival shooter Fortnite brings some handy new toys to both the Battle Royale and Save the World modes (and in case there's any question, by "toys" I mean mostly guns), plus a pair of new Battle Royale leaderboards and the return of "Mutant Storms".
In the particular case of Caleb Rogers, Epic Games might have inadvertently shot themselves in the foot, as her mother disputed the legal claims made by the makers of Fortnite against her son. Epic is not okay with ongoing cheating or copyright infringement from anyone at any age. The mother also points out that she never gave consent for her son, which is required in Fortnite's terms. Last month, developer Epic Games showed how seriously it views the practice by launching lawsuits against two people who were continuously using cheats in its new Fortnite Battle Royale game.
Although Epic was just pursuing what it legally thought was right to do to protect its game, the company made the mistake of publicly naming the 14-year-old cheater, which is not legal according to DE state law. And it appears that since Epic identified her son by name, and he is a minor; the company violated DE law related to the release of information on minors.
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.
One way you could argue profit loss is the fact that, by cheating, some players can be turned off from playing Fortnite and by extension, they don't buy the game's microtransactions. Epic elaborated in its statement that it doesn't condone cheating no matter the age of the offender.
"Furthermore, Epic Games, INC has released the defendants name publicly, therefore allowing news articles and different online publications to obtain his name and in turn release additional information".
This is probably not how Epic Games expected things to go.
Epic hasn't commented further, and it is not clear whether the company knew it was targeting a minor when it sued. She also said that the suit is based on lost profits, but if the game is free-to-play, Epic would need to prove that her son's cheating actually provided a massive loss as the suit alleges.