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Comparing Epic’s ridiculous XXiF timeout to other esports bans



While some may believe that a 14 day suspension is enough for a confirmed cheater, a closer look at bans from across the esports industry says otherwise.

Without proper context, a 14 day ban may seem like the right punishment for XXiF. To get a better view of banning in the industry, let’s look at four other esports titles.

Short term bans do not work since players will simply wait out the ban and try again. The same rule can be applied to match fixing, unsportsmanship, and other rule violations.

Rise Nation has released XXiF from their roster as of Friday, May 3rd.

To help you see the ridiculousness of Epic’s 14 day ban, let’s take a look at bans from other games. You can make the final decision for yourself, but it’s best to do so with all the information, not just a snippet.

Counter-Strike – Match Fixing – Permanent Ban

Get caught cheating in CSGO and you are gone for life – via Steam

XXiF’s transgression can be most closing associated with ‘match fixing.’ This entails a player or team purposely setting up a plan prior to gameplay to line up a victory in collusion with the other team.

In Battle Royale, it’s a little different of course, but the general idea is the same. XXiF called on his friends to land on him over and over again to give him a free route to victory.

In CSGO, match fixing means that both teams have agreed on a plan to let one team win. Post-victory, the teams generally try to split the profits.

We’ve taken an image from Liquidpedia’s database for Counter Strike bans. This is just a few of the bans that have led to similar results in the game.

All of the players in the list above received permanent bans. Not 14 days. Not a month. Permanent. Forever. Those players can never play competitive CSGO at Valve sanctioned events again.

You can see a full list of CSGO bans on the Liquidpedia website. As you look through the full list of bans, you will see a lot of ‘indefinite’ or ‘permanent’ because that’s how you deal with cheaters in esports.

Overwatch – Account Boosting – 1 Year Ban

You need a timeout! – via Blizzard

Account boosting refers to two different transgressions in bans. It can either mean that the player got their account boosted by another player OR that they themselves were boosting the account for another player.

Both of these are serious offenses, but we would argue that they are significantly less severe than cheating to try and steal $50,000 dollars from a major gaming corporation.

We wanted to show these bans for context’s sake. These violations are not as bad as what XXiF did in Fortnite.

You can view all of the major Overwatch bans on the Liquidpedia website, but before you do, take a guess at the length of the bans?

Epic thinks 14 days is adequate for killing feeding in a $30 million dollar tournament, but Blizzard gave these players 1 year bans. Not for cheating during a tournament, but for boosting accounts. That’s justice, that’s discipline, that’s what true developer power looks like in the face of cheating.

DOTA 2 – Match Fixing – Indefinite Ban

Banhammer incoming! – via Valve

You might be starting to sense a little bit of a trend here. No other esport has come anywhere close to giving out a 14-day ban for cheating in a major event.

We’ve been looking over stats on bans from many of the biggest titles and the most common word we’ve seen is ‘indefinite’ by far.

DOTA 2 is another great example of this. A few players have been caught up in match fixing in DOTA and those that have been found truly guilty have gotten the banhammer. All the players in the list below have been indefinitely banned from DOTA events.

When players are proven to be colluding for shared prize money, they are thrown out onto their butts. With that said, as you can see in the full list on Liquidpedia, there have been cases where players are temporarily suspended for an investigation and then absolved.

PUBG – Radar Hacks – Permanent Ban

Detecting automatic chicken dinner ahead – via PUBG Corp.

Last, but not least, we wanted to include PUBG. The game has been notorious for its problems with quelling hackers and cheaters. The game’s popularity took a massive hit with Fortnite’s release, but still remains one of the most played games around the world.

While the game’s anti-cheat may not be the greatest and has suffered breaches in the past, PUBG Corp. & Bluehole know how to punish cheaters.

As reported by, over 16 professional PUBG players were caught up in a hacker purge late in 2018. These were not mistakes and revealed a wider problem with the game as a few of the players had earned thousands of dollars from PUBG.

Many of the players, including former Copenhagen Flames player ‘Player Jones,’ admitted to cheating or mysteriously retired after the permanent bans went out.

While these ban waves cannot keep out all hackers, it does prevent cheating “professionals” from being able to come back to events.

We hope this article has helped you get the whole picture. There are dozens of other examples and you can simply search ‘Esports player banned’ on Google to find more than a hundred permanent bans for lesser offenses that XXiF’s.

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When Fortnite Season 7 ends and Season 8 starts

Fortnite Season 7 has just begun, but some players are wondering when it will end. Here is when Season 7 ends and Season 8 starts.



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Fortnite Season 7 is here, but fans are already wondering when does Season 8 start. Here’s everything we know so far.

Leading up to the launch of Season 7, Epic Games went all out to hype up the launch of the new season. Mysterious DVDs followed by various ARG puzzles kept fans hungry for more. If real world events weren’t enough, players randomly started to get abducted by aliens during matches.

However, Sci-fi and aliens may not be your cup of tea. Sure, the hype for Season 7 Epic Games has attempted to build has been unreal, but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. It’s also early in the season, so it could improve over time. Regardless, some players may have already written off this season as another boring one.

Whether you love or hate the new season, you might be wondering when the next one will start.

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Fortnite Season 7 start date

Fortnite Season 7 is scheduled to take place until September 12, 2021 meaning Fortnite Season 8 will likely begin on September 13. This isn’t a confirmed start date as Fortnite has taken multiple days in-between season in the past. However, Fortnite has made a habit recently of jumping from one season to the next with no breaks in between.

There’s always a chance that seasons get delayed and extended. This has happened a number of times during Chapter 2, especially when gearing up for a more ambitious season. We’ll update this article if the Fortnite Season 8 start date changes. But the last patch planned for Season 7 is Fortnite v17.50. This means that the season will likely end a week or two after the last patch.

As for a live event to close Season 7, it’s too soon to tell. Season 6 didn’t have a live event, but it’d be hard to see Season 7 not having one. It seems as if Epic Games is going all out this season, and an epic finale would be the perfect way to top it all off. Regardless, fans can expect to see Fortnite Season 8 start sometime in September.

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5 updated Fortnite Zone Wars codes you have to try

Want to try out some of the newest Fortnite Zone wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.



Want to try out some of the Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps? Take a look at these five options here.

Zone Wars is one of the most popular Creative Mode map genres in Fortnite – so much so that Epic included a Zone Wars playlist during Chapter 2.

We probably won’t see another official Zone Wars lineup while Chapter 2 is still fresh, but here are five updated map codes for some of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps for your Playground Fill matches.

Make sure to get to the Hub as fast as you can so you can avoid the Red vs. Blue battle.

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1): 1234-0621-9943

Realistic Solos (XA)(Pack 1) by Prettyboy may not have “zone wars” in the name, but it is an authentic competitive experience that can get intense quickly. Two to 16 players spawn in random locations across various well-crafted maps. With randomized loadouts, players race to be the last one standing.

Nuketown 2025 Zone Wars: 1149-4422-7888

Nuketown 2025 zone wars by Clapzfn is more of a novelty than anything. It’s very cool to revisit this highly detailed recreation of a Call of Duty classic. Some of the buildings have invisible barriers at the top, and the storm always pushes to the center of the map. Regardless, it’s a ton of fun to be the last player standing in Nuke Town.

Desert Zone Wars Chapter 2: 1811-9621-1739

Those who have been playing zone wars maps for a long time are probably familiar with Jotapegame’s desert zone wars maps. However, this is the latest installment in the series that incorporates the changes made in Chapter 2. Enjoy the classic desert-themed zone wars with modern weapons and items.

Area 51 Alien Zone Wars: 9843-7754-8806

Area 51 Zone Wars by Dropnite is one of the most aesthetically pleasing zone wars maps available. From the way it spawns players in to all of the decorative pieces, it really makes you feel like you’re in Area 51. It also offers a fantastic competitive experience that’s sure to get players ready for the final moments of FNCS tournaments.

50 Player Zonewars: 6167-1882-6710

50 Player Zonewars is one of the most intense creative maps once the lobby is full. The loot pool changes regularly to match Arena Mode, and there are plenty of different maps. For the higher skill tourneys that have 50 or more people in the endgame, this mode is perfect for realistic practice.

Leave us some codes in the comments if we missed your favorite Fortnite Chapter 2 Zone Wars maps!

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Best Prop Hunt maps available to play now in Fortnite



Prop Hunt has long been part of collective gaming culture. The mode has finally arrived in Fortnite and it looks to be a whole lot of fun!

Due to some mishaps on the part of Epic, Fortnite has been suffering some negative strides. In order to switch things back around, the devs need a successive streak of victories.

Prop Hunt has been a much asked for ‘just for fun’ mode and Epic is now delivering. This, along with great v9.30 changes, could really bring back a lot of excitement for Fortnite!

Prop Hunt playable now in Fortnite

Fortnite’s Creative mode is a stirring pot of creative genius and remarkable talents. For the lucky few chosen by Epic, the creations made in Creative become legendary adventures played by millions.

Prop Hunt has been brought to life by a team of talented Creative creators. The team at StrayKite managed to create a replica of the classic experience that plays like a dream.

Prop Hunt now in Fortnite! – via Epic Games

The mode is available to play now in Creative & Playground lobbies.

The basic rules of Prop Hunt are as follows:

  • Props are given a set amount of time to hide before Seekers try to find them
  • Each Prop can switch between differing objects a certain amount of times
  • Seekers try to find all the Props before the time limit is reached. If they manage to do so, the Seekers win.
  • If all Props are not found, the Props win.

Epic Games has not given any end-date for the Prop Hunt island feature, but the prop hunt mode can always be played from here on out. This can be done by using the Island Code provided by Epic (6069-9263-9110).

Using the Creative mode’s configuration settings, you can also create custom Prop Hunt game types. This includes longer Seeker time limits, stricter win conditions, banned props, and more. More options will be added for the mode in the future.

Best Prop Hunt island codes 2021

Island NameIsland CodeCreator
Prop Hunt: Modern Mall1679-1165-5282Regirom
Prop Hunt: Cozy Cafe8851-5874-9250Regirom
Lazer Tag Prop Hunt4313-9914-2759Puzzler
Prop Hunt: Battle Pass Edition9565-6442-7019Shride
Mall Prop Hunt!7666-6510-5877Gamerzhits
Prop Hunt Infinite7263-1478-7522Puzzler
Prop Hunt: The Simpsons3913-1259-2687Marablind
Asteroid Arcade (Prop Hunt1534-1221-2242SHAVERMAN46
Stranger Things Prop Hunt7011-8363-9120Mr_glaisternator
The Office Prop Hunt3006-8634-9197Mr_glaisternator
Prop Hunt With Abilities9249-3264-0093TeamUnite
Prophunt: Esports Villa5097-8380-0119H4llover4ter
Silhouette Prop Hunt5176-4146-5073ChannelFN
Swimming Pool Prop Hunt3487-1374-0131Fortniteart
Warlock’s Grave Prop Hunt6180-5637-0525Shinohara

Happy hunting!

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