Epic Games bans over 1,200 Fortnite World Cup players for cheating

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During the first week of the tournament, actions have already taken place with winners forfeiting their prizes for multiple reasons.

It’s a question of integrity here as to why people feel the need to cheat in a tournament instead of using actual skill and don’t think they’re going to get caught. Epic Games has banned over 1,200 accounts for cheating during the FortniteWorld Cup tournament that’s going on right now.

During the first week of the tournament, actions have already taken place with winners forfeiting their prizes for multiple reasons. These reasons include playing in multiple regions, account sharing, teaming, and more.

Some of the ban notes from Epic Games include:

  • 1163 accounts were banned from competitive play for 14 days for circumventing region locks and playing in multiple regions through the course of the tournament.
    • This includes 196 prize winners who will have their prizes forfeited for playing in multiple regions.
    • Disqualified players forfeiting their winnings will result in the tournament results shifting for prize considerations, but won’t currently be reflected on the in-game leaderboard.
  • 48 accounts were banned for account sharing for 14 days.
    • This includes nine prize winners who will have their prizes forfeited for sharing accounts.
  • Eight accounts were banned for teaming.
    • One winner will forfeit prizes for teaming.
  • One account was banned permanently from Fortnite for using cheat software during the Semi-Finals.
    • This account played for less than five minutes in the tournament before being banned.
  • One account was given a 72-hour competitive ban for intentionally disconnecting to avoid giving points to another competitor.
    • This is currently a manual process based off of user reports, but we will be detecting this more widely in the future.

As with any tournament, there are rules already along with the Code of Conduct and End User License Agreement that players must agree to when playing the game.

It’s great that Epic Games is able to catch people in the act of cheating, especially in a tournament. What do you readers think about people cheating, winning prizes and ending up having to forfeit them in the end? Let us know in the comments below or on TwitterFacebook, or MeWe.

 Source: Epic Games

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