Kids (and adults, too, in fact); DON’T CHEAT!
A simple message there to start off with. However, one popular Fortnite YouTuber forgot to heed his own advice and as such has been banned from the game for life.
Faze Jarvis, who has nearly 2 million subscribers, posted a video to his channel. Jarvis showed himself utilising cheating software – known as aimbots – to give himself an advantage in a match. This was whilst telling his audience he was cheating and was “definitely getting banned”.
Aimbots provide flawless accuracy to players regardless of weapons used or distance to targets. The use of such mods or software contradicts Epic’s Terms of Service. Software such as “cheats, bots, scripts, or mods not expressly authorized by Epic” are forbidden under the Terms of Service. This applies especially to anything that could “give you and/or another user an advantage over other players who do not use such methods”.
Jarvis uploaded an emotional video apologising to his fans and informing them what had happened. Some people online saw it as a way for Jarvis to try and appease to Epic in an attempt to get them to reverse their decision. Jarvis noted how much he has enjoyed creating videos and content.
“All I was thinking about as I was making those videos was just how entertaining and interesting these videos would be for you guys to watch. It didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life from Fortnite.”
An Epic Games spokesperson told Polygon how they came to the decision to ban Jarvis for life.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for the usage of cheat software. When people use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly”.
Professional players who were banned earlier this year were only temporarily excluded. This is due to the fact that these players chose to team up as a way to gain an advantage, something that, theoretically, any player can do. The use of cheating software, however, is a complete breach of the Terms of Service.