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14-year-old Fortnite pro ‘wrongfully’ banned in FNCS Invitational

Australian Fortnite pro, Kquid, received a surprise ban during the FNCS that he claims is unjust.

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Epic have been seemingly liberal with the ban hammer of late. We saw them ban a 9-year-old who competed in paid tournaments (the minimum age is 13) and FaZe Dubs for “teaming,” despite his ability to explain many of the questionable clips.

This week, 14-year-old Australian pro, Kai ‘Kquid’ Eaton, received a ban during the Fortnite Champion Series Invitational. He was dropping from the bus in his second game when he was forced to leave and subsequently banned.

As you can see, Kquid assumed that his brother logged into his account. This wasn’t the case, and Kquid received a Fortnite ban without any explanation.

Kquid’s assumption was that he was banned for switching PCs. According to the Fortnite pro, his original PC was crashing every time he booted up the game. He switched to a fresh PC for better performance, then received a ban. He streamed the whole thing, so he should have enough proof to show that he wasn’t cheating.

On May 11, Kquid released a YouTube video explaining the situation. He went to a friend’s house to play the FNCS because his PC wouldn’t let him play. He scored over 50 points in his first game and was ready to pop-off and qualify.

This was when the pro was kicked from the Battle Bus and banned. Fellow Australian creators AussieAntics and Lachlan tried to reach out to their Epic Games contacts to no avail.

Although the pro went on an understandable Twitter rant, he took the situation in stride. He remains steadfast that he didn’t do anything wrong and says that he expects to be unbanned in the next day or two.

As for qualification, Kquid won’t be able to play in Week 2 since he missed Week 1. He’ll have to play in the Reboot Round in order to qualify for the Grand Finals. He switched his stream to a viewing party and kept on broadcasting.

The situation is still unfolding, however. At the time of writing, he remains banned and appeared to have been hardware banned on his original PC. The pro remains adamant that he didn’t do anything wrong, but appears to be nervous that his ban won’t get lifted. It’s been a couple of days, after all.

We’ll have to wait and see how Epic handle this. Nothing about Kquid’s response makes it appear as though he’s guilty, but it’s also possible that he could have received a ban for something that he didn’t notice. We’ll keep you posted when this situation clears up.

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Fortnite pro banned for encountering a bug in FNCS

Fortnite pro, Waffles, has been banned from Fortnite after encountering an exploit triggered by another player.

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Earlier today, we covered a bug that led to Epic disabling the Motorboat in all Fortnite modes. This bug allowed players to create an infinite number of items in their inventory by following a few simple steps.

YouTuber, OrangeGuy, offered a tutorial on the issue, but it was already known by a large chunk of the competitive community. Players were using it to obtain an unlimited number of Floppers, ensuring that they’d out-heal any player who wasn’t using the bug.

The problem is that you could complete this exploit by accident. What’s more, you could eliminate someone who used the exploit and gain yourself an unlimited number of items. This is what happened to Fortnite pro player, Waffles, during the Season 3 FNCS.

Waffles eliminated a player during one of his matches. When he looked at the ground, he saw a stack of Crash Pads with 100,000 in them. As anyone would do, Waffles started picking them up and investigating – laughing with his friends.

Things took a turn when the Crash Pads took over Waffle’s inventory. He couldn’t drop them and, therefore, wasn’t able to carry any guns. Astoundingly, Waffles came in third place with an inventory full of only Crash Pads. It wasn’t ideal, but he had to use what was available to him.

When Waffles went back to the lobby, however, he found that he had been disqualified from the FNCS competition. A few moments later, Waffles saw that he was banned from Fortnite for nearly 30 days.

This is especially significant because new competitive Fortnite rules state that players who are banned from an FNCS won’t be able to compete in the next season’s tournament. This means that – if everything stands – Waffles won’t be able to play in Trios next season.

Waffles was the player on the other side of the FaZe Dubs situation from last season. This would be his second FNCS ban under questionable circumstances.

Since the ban, Waffles has been posting some of his correspondents with Epic support to his Twitter page. So far, they’ve told him that the ban stands. Waffles even posted an image of him attempting to raise the issue to a manager. He then went from talking with Delta Mike to talking with Echo Mike.

We reached out to Waffles to see if anything else has transpired, and he said that he’s shared everything, so far. He gave his side of what happened, saying, “I killed a guy that had the glitch. I am assuming that guy did the glitch on purpose but I don’t exactly know. All I know is that I picked them up on his body not knowing that I wouldn’t be able to drop them or pick up any guns.”‘

While we were talking, Waffles received an email that confirmed his ban. “I had our Competitive and Anti-Cheat teams manually review the ban and we will not lift your competitive ban,” the email read. We clarified that this ban was only for the exploit, to which he responded, “Yes. Never in my life have I ever downloaded or even tried cheats for Fortnite of any sort.”

This sounds true to us. After all, if Waffles was found to have been using hacks, his account would be banned for longer than 30 days.

We’re hoping that the attention to this situation will push Epic to look deeper into their ruling. Some of the biggest pros in the community have come to Waffle’s defense. The Fortnite Guy’s video on the topic is nearing 300,000 views at the time of writing.

If everything in this situation is as it seems, you can’t help but feel bad for Waffles. He was put in a terrible in-game situation due to someone else’s exploit. Despite not having any weapons, he managed to finish third in the game. Now, he’s banned, disqualified, and unable to play the Season 3 and 4 FNCS – all for a bug that was triggered by another player and actually put him at a disadvantage in-game. We’ll update you with any developments in this story.

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Benjyfishy accusation shows how easy it is to cry “teaming”

“Teaming” accusations of Fortnite pro, Benjy “Benjyfishy” Fish, highlights how easy it is to accuse someone of cheating.

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Cheating has been a hot topic in the Fortnite community but has ramped-up of late. The recent exposure of a competitive Fortnite player for using “soft aim” hacks in a tournament catapulted the topic to the forefront of every player’s mind. Now, whenever someone sees a clip of another player suspiciously moving their crosshairs, they immediately think that the player may be using third-party software.

“Teaming” accusations have been popping up for a while, now. Teaming is far from as bad as using aim hacks to win money, but it’s still a common form of cheating in competitive Fortnite. The problem is that it’s very difficult to tell when a player is teaming with someone else or just looking out for what’s best for them. We saw this perfectly embodied in the FaZe Dubs situation, last season.

With each Fortnite tournament that takes place, we see one or two high-profile pros accused of teaming with another player. This time, it’s one of the top players in the European region, Benjy “Benjyfishy” Fish, that faces teaming allegations.

Benjy placed second in the first week of FNCS qualifiers over the weekend. One player he encountered didn’t take too kindly to how the pro reacted during an engagement – posting a clip of the incident to social media.

Thankfully, Benjy saw the clip and was able to defuse the situation before it went any further – laughing it off and explaining his thought process. It’s not a smart strategy to take every fight you encounter in a Fortnite tournament, and Benjyfishy knows this. He disengaged when two other players started fighting, and explained what he was thinking on-stream.

The player who made this video accused the player, “Bengraal-,” of attacking him and ignoring Benjyfishy. In the clip, however, you can clearly tell that Benjy heard the second opponent coming and sat still until he passed. Unless Bengraal was stream sniping, he should have no idea that Benjy was in that house – leading him to push the player who was visible to him.

This accusation highlights how easy it is to cry “teaming” in Fortnite. Any time a player disengages from a fight when a third-party opponent comes in, you could say that they were teaming. In reality, this was probably the smart move.

Ballatw, one of the most popular Fortnite broadcasters in the community, tweeted some words of caution after the cheating scandal last week. His tweet applies to this situation, directly, in our opinion. “Stop impression farming dangerous direct cheat accusations/admissions,” he wrote. “Just hurts the scene. Ain’t y’all learn anything from dragging Dubs through it? Continue the conversation, please, but do NOT accuse people without some form of proof.”

Teaming happens in competitive Fortnite and it’s very difficult to prove. That doesn’t mean that everyone’s doing it, and one clip of a player disengaging from a fight is far from proof of anything.

As Balla said, frivolous cheating accusations only hurt the Fortnite community. We should be attentive and diligent when it comes to stopping cheaters, but that doesn’t mean that we should look for cheating in every clip we see.

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Epic make much-requested changes to competitive Fortnite ahead of FNCS

Epic Games have removed grenades and limited Stink Bomb availability in competitive modes ahead of the Fortnite Season 3 FNCS tournament.

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Competitive Fortnite players have been asking for separate loot pools since these modes first took off. There have always been mechanics, items, and weapons that work well in public matches but are completely overpowered in competitive Fortnite.

Ballers are a perfect example of this. They were always fine in public matches. In tournaments, though, they led to players sitting in the Baller non-stop and making it to end-game for free. More than a few people placed highly in the World Cup qualification matches on the back of Ballers.

The same thing happens to this day. Weapons like Stink Bombs and Grenades are far more powerful in a competitive setting when you compare them to public matches. Players are ‘nade-stacking for free eliminations and carrying 12 Stink Bombs which translates to a near guaranteed elimination.

Thankfully, Epic are considering player feedback while developing the competitive loot pool. According to popular Fortnite broadcaster, Ballatw, Epic removed grenades from Arena Mode and limited the availability of Stink Bombs on July 30 – just in time for the Fortnite Champion Series to kick-off on August 1.

The only way to obtain Stink Bombs is by eliminating Marauders, which is another massive issue for Competitive Fortnite. Most of the player base despises these AI players – and there’s a strong case to be made that Epic should remove them from competitive modes as well.

Unfortunately, it looks like Marauders are here to stay. Barring any bugs with the Marauders, we can expect to see them eliminating solo players through the entirety of the FNCS tournament.

We’ll take some small victories when we get them, though. Grenades are out and Stink Bombs have been limited – two fantastic changes for the health of a competitive Fortnite match. The official Fortnite Champion Series broadcast begins at 12:00pm EST on August 1. You can watch the series through any of the official Fortnite channels. See you there!

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