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A mom has written a letter in defence of her 14-year-old son who’s dealing with a lawsuit over online game cheats within the US.

Caleb Rogers is one among two individuals dealing with authorized motion from gaming studio Epic Video games for utilizing cheat software program to play the free recreation Fortnite.

The studio says it has taken the step as a result of the boy declined to take away a YouTube video he revealed which promoted learn how to use the software program.

His mom says he’s a scapegoat.

“This firm is within the strategy of trying to sue a 14-year-old little one,” she wrote in the letter which has been shared online.

Ms Rogers added that she had not given her son parental consent to play the sport as acknowledged in its phrases and situations, and that as the sport was free to play the studio couldn’t declare lack of revenue because of the cheats.

“It’s my perception that because of their lack of potential to curve cheat codes and others from modifying their recreation, they’re utilizing a 14-year-old little one as a scapegoat to make an instance of him,” she stated.

In a statement given to the website Kotaku, Epic Video games stated the lawsuit was a results of Mr Rogers “submitting a DMCA counterclaim to a takedown discover on a YouTube video that uncovered and promoted Fortnite Battle Royale cheats and exploits.”

“Epic just isn’t OK with ongoing dishonest or copyright infringement from anybody at any age,” it stated.

In a YouTube video made by the boy himself discussing the authorized motion, he stated he cheated “for enjoyable” and that the cheat he used was freely out there on-line. He denied making it or promoting it himself.

He admitted that he had been banned from the sport a number of occasions beforehand.

The video acquired a blended response, with some feedback supporting him however many saying he was within the mistaken.

Epic Video games has been contacted by the BBC for remark.