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Fortnite Battle Royale Dev Sues 14 Year Old in Anti-Cheating Battle

Fortnite Battle Royale Dev Sues 14 Year Old in Anti-Cheating Battle

In a brash display last month, Epic Games decided to make an example of two Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters. Instead of just banning the players they chose to take them to court. In a recent reveal, it has been detailed that one of the accused fans of the game is only 14 years old, and his mother has issued a response to the developer’s lawsuit.

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In an open letter to the court, she attacked Epic’s handling of the case, which she provides plenty of context for.

  • Her first point is that Fortnite’s terms require parental consent for minors, which she says was never given.
  • She also argues that Epic’s case is based on loss of profits, but argues that the game is free-to-play, in order for the company to prove a loss they would need to release a statement that showed how the cheating directly caused a “mass profit loss”.
  • Another valid argument is that by attacking the player rather than the websites that sell/provide the cheating software, Epic has ultimately made a scapegoat out of a 14 year old.
  • Epic also alleged that her son helped create the software used to cheat, which she claims is not the case, he simply downloaded the program as a user.
  • Her final point goes on to say that when Epic released her son’s name publicly with the suit that the company violated Delaware laws that deal with revealing information on minors.

Gaming website, TorrentFreak, pointed out that you’re not actually allowed to sue a minor directly, which could show that Epic did not know the full identity of the player before moving forward with the case. You can read her full letter below:

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Fortnite Battle Royale Made Some Enemies

The various cases were issued last month when Epic began going after cheaters that had used the website Addicted Cheats to obtain “aimbots” that help give players a competitive advantage in the game. Although the cheats and other services from this site are not free, users pay a monthly subscription fee of around $5-$15 a month based on their membership level.

After reviewing their End User License Agreement and the Copyright act, Epic decided to take the users to court instead of just issuing a ban which is typically the case for similar situations. While cheaters can ruin a game experience for many people, this move seems a bit overdramatic for the game company. It is obvious they are trying to use scare tactics to prevent cheating but ultimately they are targeting the wrong group of people and may, in fact, make the problem worse. GigamaxGames.com will keep their eyes on the case so be sure to check back for updates as they become available.

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Fortnite: New Twist or Blatant Ripoff?

Fortnite: New Twist or Blatant Ripoff?

Video games are constantly evolving. A lot of the time, developers take successful ideas from other games and change it up a bit to make an entirely new title. However, sometimes, a game can be a little too similar to the original title which they took their ideas from. This has been the discussion surrounding Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds.  

Let’s take a look at the similarities between the two games and how they differ. It’s an interesting list and one that might lead to more questions than answers.

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Similarities:

1) 100 person deathmatch and the last one standing is the winner.

2) Squad mode, where players can team up to compete against other squads and the last group standing, wins.

3) Both of the games begin in ‘lobby island’ where all 100 players can run around, shoot guns, and scream loud into the mic.

4) Once the game officially starts, players are flown toward an island and can choose when to jump out of the aircraft.

5) After players jump out of the aircraft, they skydive down to their desired location and eventually float down and land gently.

6) Both only have one map as of now and bear striking similarities.

7) Players start unarmed and must scavenge around the map looking for weapons, ammo, and protective items.

8) The map begins to shrink because of an outside force which continues to close in on the players as the game goes on, forcing them into each other.

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Differences:

1) Cartoony graphics give Fortnite a different feel from the more gritty, realistic PUBG.

2) Fortnite has no prone, changing the stealth aspect when compared to PUBG.

3) Players jump out of a floating bus instead of a plane as in PUBG.

4) Gamers cannot find armor around the map in Fortnite, instead, they pick up ‘Shield Potions’.

5) Fortnite offers no attachments for the guns like in PUBG, what you see is what you get.

6) PUBG has first person servers and an option to aim down the iron sites. Fortnite is stuck in 3rd person. 

7) The feature that separates Fortnite the most from PUBG is the building aspect. Players can collect materials from around the map and build forts and cover. This is the key feature that has the most dramatic effect when it comes to the differences of  Fortnite from PUBG.

Final Thoughts and Your Input

Just from looking at the lists above, it’s clear that there are more similarities than differences. Most of the differences are even just splitting hairs, like not being able to go prone. However, these unique aspects from Fortnite do add some interesting dynamics which PUBG cannot provide. Still, PUBG seems as though it’s the superior shooter but this is not to say Fortnite doesn’t deliver a quality gaming experience. 

The question remains, is Fortnite walking a very fine line between blatant ripoff and unique interpretation? Or did the Fortnite developers, Epic Games, simply steal an innovative idea and implement their mechanics on top of PUBG?

With PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer, Bluehole, releasing a statement on September 22nd explaining that they felt Fortnite copied their game and might pursue legal action, the world may soon find out.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, we want to see how gamers feel about this complicated situation.

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