Epic Games bans Fortnite players for teaming
The players were caught red-handed when they shared video of their gameplay
The eSports industry has become more and more professional, and, as in any other legitimate competition, cheating is not allowed. It brings severe consequences to the competitors involved and four players who were colluding together to survive the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) and make it to the top have found out what happens when you cheat. Epic Games has made the decision to suspend Nate “Kreo” Kou, Logan “Bucke” Eschenburg, “Keys” and “Slackes” for a 60-days period. By cheating in this video game, these two groups secured the tops spots after having a great performance throughout the week.
Everything started with a clip from Twitter user “DROXIDE” that he uploaded, and that subsequently went viral. This video showed the players tagging each other with a little damage from time to time so they could avoid the damage from Storm Surge. In Fortnite, if the player hasn’t received enough damage in the course of the game then, he will be exposed to taking extra damage from the Storm Surge. So, these two groups seemed to be working together to create those amounts of damage and avoid falling below the damage quota.
The suspended players were trying to hide their actions masking them as fights, but these fights became suspicious after none of the groups seemed like trying to eliminate each other. Moreover, none of these players seemed worried or concerned about confronting each other and never tried to actively back away from the fight.
This is not the first time that professional Fortnite players are reported cheating in official events. Last year, popular player Damion “XXiF” Cook was caught cheating and received a two-week ban. Epic Games has clear rules regarding colluding and teaming in the FCNS, stating, “Players may not work together to deceive or otherwise cheat other players during any match (“Collusion”). Examples of Collusion include the following: Teaming: Players working together during the match while on opposing teams.”