The mother states that Epic is "using a 14-year-old boy as a scapegoat".
By Alex Osborn
After Epic Games sued two Fortnite players for cheating, it has been revealed that one of the accused cheats is a child under 14 years old.
The teenager's mother sent a letter to the court, which you can read in Kotaku, which reverses Epic's case against his son. She notes that, for minors, the terms of Fortnite require the consent of the parents, which she never provided.
Instead of pursuing websites that provide cheating software, the mother states that by targeting individual players, the editor is "using a year-old child as a scapegoat". He also claims that his son did not help create the cheat software, as Epic claims, but simply downloaded it as a user.
Epic provided the following statement to Kotaku regarding his decision to bring the cheats to court:
This particular claim arose as a result of the defendant filing a DMCA counterclaim to a removal notice in a YouTube video that exposed and promoted the tricks and exploits of Fortnite Battle Royale. In these circumstances, the law requires that we file a claim or abandon the claim.
Epic is not well with continuous infractions of infractions or copyright by any person at any age. As stated above, we take cheating seriously, and we will look for all available options to make sure our games are fun, fair and competitive for players.
Last month, Fortnite's Battle Royale mode saw "thousands" of players banned from cheating, and according to Nathan Mooney of Epic Games, battling cheats at Fortnite is "the highest priority" on the entire company.
Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. Find it on Twitter at @ alexcosborn .