"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", the game developer said in an official statement. Caleb's mom was not having any of that, and in a law-savvy turn of events, she filed a counterclaim in court defending her son against the Fortnite creators.
"Epic will not tolerate constant cheating and copyright infringement on the part of anyone and of any age", - said the representative of the company in comments to Eurogamer. The first is that minors are not supposed to be able to play the game without parental consent, something she apparently did not give. "Epic is in complete violation of this as well as other individual websites and news reporting agencies". She alleges that her son could not have modified the game on his own.
Essentially, the young offender was live streaming himself playing Fortnite Battle Royale while using cheats he downloaded online, and Epic caught him after he challenged YouTube taking down one of his videos. At the time it filed suit, the developer may not have known the full identities of its cheaters since one of them is a minor and it's hard to believe the company would purposely sue a 14-year-old.
The lawsuit stemmed from Epic's stated goal of zero tolerance for cheating, with both defendants allegedly using an aimbot from a site that sells programs (The site costs between $5-15 a month to subscribe). It's also up in the air right now whether Epic really plans on following through. Additionally she makes the point that Epic illegally revealed her son's name in the lawsuit, as he is a minor. They act just like they do in every other game: creating a small plum of smoke to obscure vision.
As the case is based on loss of profits, she states that since Fortnite is free-to-play, Epic needs to provide a statement proving it's losing money.
Cheating at a video game may not be as serious as using Facebook or Twitter to harass or threaten someone, or using programming scripts to participate in a distributed denial of service attack against a government website. Remarkably, even in 2017, the extent to which a company will use legal means to crackdown on this behavior is still being worked out on a case-by-case basis, with Fortnite just the latest and most visible example.
You see, the poor cheater is only 14.
Finally, the mother says that by releasing her son's name publicly in conjunction with the move that Epic has violated DE laws related to the release of information on minors.