Epic Games have temporarily banned a number of Fortnite Battle Royale players after concluding that they had been cheating, with one achieving Fortnite World Cup Qualification as a result, but some members of the competitive community believe their sanctions aren’t good enough.
The game developer revealed the news via an official announcement on May 3, where they claimed that a group of players had intentionally attempted to undermine the Week 3 Fortnite World Cup Online Open competition on April 28.
Each of the players involved has been hit with a 14-day competitive ban from the game and won’t be able to access any prizes from Week 3, due to the results of Epic’s internal investigation – the results of which can be found below.
With a $30 million prize pool up for grabs at the Fortnite World Cup event, Epic have had to act fast to ensure that the players involved weren’t able to benefit from the games in which they had cheated.
The Rise Nation’s XXiF was one of those who were banned by the developer, after fellow competitive player RBK HighSky showcased a video of the gamer in question teaming, or colluding, during the qualifier match. He tweeted the following clip on April 29, just a day after the match took place.
Despite the ban, other members of the game’s competitive community – such as Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan from Luminosity Gaming – have identified a potential future issue with the short-term ban the players have received.
With the players banned for just 14 days, they could potentially return for Week 6’s Online Opens – which is set to take place between May 18-19 – and qualify for the competition a second time.
In a post to Twitter, the popular streamer echoed his concerns about the cheaters potentially coming back and doing the same thing to qualify for the World Cup after the ban has been lifted.
*Potential Reality*— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) May 3, 2019
Fortnite Commentator: “Here’s Rise XXIF and his team mate Ronaldo showing up big in today’s competition. Definitely an amazing come back after they were banned in week 3 for literally cheating. Glad to see them secure a duo spot in week 8 of the qualifiers.”
Sypher is not the only professional player to have weighed in on the situation, though, as esports consultant Rod Breslau also branded it a “weak” response from the developer, considering they could potentially still qualify for such a lucrative event.
FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill – who was banned by Epic Games for cheating in the 2018 Fortnite Fall Skirmish – was pressing for this group of cheaters to be prevented from playing competitive Fortnite even before the bans were announced.
“Now there’s a guy (Xxif) and friends who have blatantly colluded, stole thousands of dollars, lied about it, ruined any integrity in online quals and encouraged others to team and cheat,” Hill tweeted on May 2.
Remember when my teammate made a callout that had 0 effect on the game, realized he messed up, turned himself in then was banned for 5 weeks and I was banned for 2? Then Released an official statement condemning us without ever talking to us about what happened? Good times 😀 1/2— Nate Hill (@NateHillTV) May 2, 2019
Whether or not the cheating players will be able to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup in a few weeks time remains to be seen, but Epic Games’ announcement has certainly caused some ambiguity among the competitive community.
Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far
The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.
Leaked Map Stages
All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.
Leaked Quest Voice Line
Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.
A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:
“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”
According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.
Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.
Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25
In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.
Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.
We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.
Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon
Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.
Re-added Item Shop Sections:
- S.T.A.R.S. Team
- El Chapulín Colorado
- Wu Wear (new)
Removed Item Shop Sections:
- Silk Sonic
- Chloe Kim
- Cobra Kai
- Turn The Music Up
The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.
We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.
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