Kids these days: Fortnite fights a 14-year-old in court, signs 13-year-old to e-sports team

    
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A prison of your own making.

Epic Games is still doggedly pursuing supposed Fortnite cheaters. As we reported back in November, one of the defendants in Epic’s many lawsuits is a 14-year-old boy who stands accused of streaming and promoting cheats on his YouTube channel. At the time, his mother sent an informal letter to the court, arguing that her son didn’t actually develop cheats, that Epic had unlawfully released his name (as a minor), and that Epic was unfairly scapegoating him.

As TorrentFreak (via GIbiz) noted, the court took that letter as a motion to dismiss (the family hadn’t responded officially otherwise). Epic has since refiled its complaint as a reply to that motion, claiming that it didn’t know the kid was a minor and that he had agreed to the EULA.

While Epic has successfully taken down a few solo cheaters in court, this one isn’t really making anybody look good or feel safer, Epic.

Meanwhile, ESPN reports that Fortnite e-sports outfit Team Secret has signed a 13-year-old kid: Kyle “Mongraal” Jackson from the UK.

“I actually had no idea he was 13 until the team told me,” Team Secret CEO John Yao told the publication. “Because when we looked at some of the videos and we looked at their game play, it was not apparent. What immediately stood out to me was how mature he was, and he sounded just like one of the other guys.”

Source: TorrentFreak via GIbiz, ESPN
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Cosmic Cleric

Epic has since refiled its complaint as a reply to that motion, claiming that it didn’t know the kid was a minor and that he had agreed to the EULA.

Are minors even legally capable of agreeing to a contract/EULA?

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kelvar

Nope

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GiantsBane

Taking cheaters in online video games to court, that’s hilarious.

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Akagi

How is that hilarious? South Korea has laws that can put you in prison for 5 years for cheating in games.

https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/286852/South_Korea_cracks_down_on_cheaters_with_law_targeting_illicit_game_mods.php

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4041362/Video-gamers-cheat-playing-online-face-FIVE-YEARS-PRISON-new-laws-South-Korea.html

This is perfectly normal and should be applied to the rest of the world seeing as how big gaming has become in the last few years. It would be great if each country has different laws regarding cheating (but still with consequences) and depending on the country publishing the game, the laws apply for everyone cheating and they can be prosecuted in the country publishing the game.

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Grave Knight

Nah, the 13 year probably isn’t particularly mature. We just don’t give kids enough credit.

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xpsync

Greedy game companies these days: They never learn.

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Jack Pipsam

Best of luck to the team (if they ever get to play), E-Sports should be in theory a great equaliser.

As for the cheater boi, screw him! Nobody likes a cheat.

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Sorenthaz

Not really surprising that Epic is being sleazy and trying to get as much money as they can out of stuff.

They made lightning in a bottle, the next big thing since League of Legends, and it looks like they’re already going to screw it up sooner rather than later, lol.

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Greaterdivinity

13 year old signed to a pro team for a league that doesn’t exist.

Yeah, I’m ready for this esports bubble to pop now, please.

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Grave Knight

I don’t know. As much as I’m not a fan of Battle Royale as a game, Battle Royale as a spectator sport has some appeal to me. Though I’m fairly content with watching Jackfrag…

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Akagi

I don’t like playing or watching them, BR is just boring and braindead. MOBAs required a lot more skill to play and the reward for winning is so much better – you play with 4 other people, work together and destroy the enemy nexus… how cool is that?