Fortnite is back at it again.
I was doing some homework the other day on esports topics to cover because why not? Interestingly enough, Epic Games’ very own Fortnite was in the news. Let’s see what it is this time.
*Insert Connor McGregor meme*
For those of you don’t know, which included me, 18-year-old FaZe member Jarvis Kaye is a Fortnite content creator/streamer. FaZe Jarvis broke the news November 3rd that he received a lifetime ban from Fortnite including not allowing him to attend any Fortnite events.
What did he do? Well, Jarvis used aimbot hacks to create content for his viewers to watch.
Community in Shambles
What has really driven a wedge in this community is the punishment and the actions leading up to the punishment.
Jarvis and his supporters argue that he didn’t know what would happen because he used these hacks on an alternate account and because he didn’t use it in a competitive setting. He made his videos in Solos and Playground mode (aka a custom lobby). This party also argues that his punishment is too harsh; a lifetime ban from Fortnite and attending any Fortnite related events.
On the other hand, those in favor are pretty much in favor. He cheated and ruined the experience for other players for the sole purpose of content creation.
I think what this situation so shitty is the fact that Epic Games is awful at dishing out consistent punishment. A few months ago, Xxif and Ronaldo received two week bans for boosting kills in the Fortnite World Cup Qualifiers. After they served their punishment, they were still allowed to compete in the World Cup. What the heck.
Epic is looking to prove how serious they are with the war on cheating. That didn’t stop many reaching out to show support for/against the ban and from big names sharing their opinion. Popular Mixer streamer Ninja shared his.
I’m going to be as unbiased as possible. Media outlets are going to say what they want. It’s up to you to decide if you agree or not.
Ninja argues that basically Jarvis’ career is ruined because of this, that Jarvis is young, and he’ll have to find something else to create content on. He even goes on to make things worse and says there’s a difference between a kid just cheating who’s “a piece of shit” and someone who makes content and has made it into a career.
DrLupo (starts talking at 55 seconds in) says exactly how I feel and is capturing what this situation has shown the community.
Content creators vs non content creator.
By the way, I’m not pushing a war or creating one.
It’s like this in every aspect of life. The haves vs the have nots. Unfortunately, it seems like that’s what this topic has turned into. Do I think the punishment is too harsh? Absolutely. What can you do though? Jarvis got banned for cheating, and unlike what Ninja said, Jarvis can still tap into his massive fanbase to figure out what game he could make the switch too and be totally good.
Epic has remained mum on the situation, which was to be expected. I will say that if Jarvis is receiving a lifetime ban, I expect all cheating be subject to the same punishment. If by chance they reduce his ban, they should reduce the ban of all the cheaters who’ve gotten the same punishment. It’s been a week since the ban, and I expect FaZe to pull some strings or to try and fight the ban somehow.
What do you think about whole situation? Share your thoughts down below!