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.
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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.
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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
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
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
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
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 Vieesports.com, 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.