Nobody likes cheaters, which is why pretty much all games come with anti-cheating measures put into place, or have strict rules where cheaters are banned from playing the game. However could cheating be so bad to the point where developers see the need to sue their gamers because of it? Turns out for Epic Games, the answer is yes.
The developer behind Fortnite has recently sued two gamers for cheating, one of them being a 14-year old teen which has since raised a fair amount of eyebrows as it does seem a bit harsh. The gamers who are being sued are being accused of using an aimbot, but apparently they did more than just cheat and Epic is claiming that they also offered their support for the service and also helped to stream snipe popular Twitch broadcasters.
For those unfamiliar with stream sniping, it’s basically where gamers watch the live stream of another game on a platform like Twitch, and based on that they can deduce the player’s location and track them down and kill them, which obviously is frustrating when you’re playing FPS games and having the element of surprise is one of the keys to victory.
However the 14-year old’s mother is contesting the lawsuit and is claiming that Epic is using them as scapegoats. In a statement provided by Epic to Kotaku, “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.”
This is not the first time we’re seeing lawsuits filed for cheating, although usually the lawsuits are aimed more towards the creators of those cheats, like when Riot sued the developers behind a League of Legends cheat, or when Blizzard sued the creators behind botting software used in its games.