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Comparing Epic’s ridiculous XXiF timeout to other esports bans

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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 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.

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When Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends, Season 3 start date

Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts. The season is off to a heated start, and it’s only going to get more intense.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 has just entered its second season, and it’s off to a great start. Here is when Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 ended without much warning ahead of time from Epic Games. In fact, only a day before the Season ended did we get an announcement for Season 2.

Regardless, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 is off to a hot start. We have new POIs, weapons, and a flashy new Battle Pass. There’s also no building to start and an ongoing turf war.

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

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 End?

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Fortnite Season 2 will end on June 3, 2022. This means the second season of the new chapter will last a little less than three months making it fairly short compared to Season 1.

This end date was found in the in-game files by data miners. Unlike last season where Epic Games listed two season end dates, there is only one end date this time around.

When Does Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Start?

New Fortnite seasons usually start within 24 hours after the previous one ends. Players can expect Chapter 3 Season 3 to start on June 4.

That being said, leaker Shiina believes there will be an extended period of downtime after the season ends to prep for Season 3. We will know more about this delay as time draws closer.

Is There a Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event?

The final update for Fortnite Season 2 is here and we now have confirmation that, yes, there will be a live event!

The Season 2 live event will likely focus on stopping the new Doomsday Device from going off at Loot Lake. It is a very similar tower to that of Midas’ Doomsday Device in Chapter 2 Season 2.

What Season is Fortnite on?

Fortnite is currently in Chapter 3 Season 2. This is the second season of the third chapter which started after Chapter 2 Season 8. While most players refer to this season as “Season 2”, it’s technically Season 20.

There were 10 seasons in Chapter 1 and 8 seasons in Chapter 2.

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For now, that’s everything we know about Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2. This chapter will likely span the next year or so and will be filled with exciting events.

We will keep you updated on when Fortnite Season 3 starts. For more Fortnite, check out the best controller settings for Chapter 3, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Fortnite Omni Chip locations: how to upgrade Omni Sword in Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduces a pickaxes called the Omni Sword that players can customize using Omni Chips. Here’s how to get them!

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Epic Games has introduced Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2 which players can use to customize the new Omni Sword.

With each new Fortnite season, players can look forward to a new form of currency used to unlock different cosmetics. In seasons past, players had to collect feathers, paint cans, and alien artifacts.

Now, Fortnite Season 2 introduces Omni Chips. This seasonal currency can be used by players to unlock customization options for the Omni Sword.

Here’s how to unlock the Omni Sword and where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2.

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Where to find Omni Chips in Fortnite Season 2

In order to start collecting Omni Chips, players first need to unlock the Omni Sword Pickaxe. This is on page one of the Battle Pass and can be purchased for 7 Battle Stars.

Now that players have the sword, it’s time to start collecting Omni Chips. Each week, players will be given a new set of Omni Sword quests that reward them with Omni Chips once completed.

The quests are as simple as visiting specific locations and collecting Omni Chips. The maps below will show where that week’s chips are located starting with week 1.

Week 1 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni chips at Greasy Grove, Logjam Lumberyard, and Mighty Monument:

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Week 2 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Loot Landing, The Temple, and Chonkers Speedway.

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Week 3 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Synapse Station, Sanctuary, and Camp Cuddle.

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Week 4 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Daily Bugle, Condo Canyon, and Windbreakers.

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Week 5 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Rocky Reels, Launchpad, and Shifty Shafts.

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Week 6 Omni Chip locations

Collect Omni Chips at Seven Outpost II, Crispy Crater, and Tumbledown Temple.

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Week 7 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at Sleepy Sounds, Command Cavern, and Cuddle Cruisers.

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Week 8 Omni Chip Locations

Collect Omni Chips at The Joneses, Shell or High Water, and Coney Crossroads.

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It’s important to note that while the challenges are released weekly, they won’t expire until the end of the season. Meaning you can wait until the last minute to collect all of the Omni Chips.

For more Fortnite, check out how to unlock Prowler in Season 2.

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How to unlock Marvel’s Prowler in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2

Fortnite Season 2 introduced Marvel’s Prowler to the Battle Royale, and players can unlock him via the Battle Pass and a few challenges.

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Fortnite Season 2 adds not one but two Marvel characters to the game via the Battle Pass, but players might not be familiar with Prowler.

Season 2 started off hot with an amazing battle pass and a shocking removal of the game’s iconic building mechanic. Players were even more excited to see the Battle Pass had two crossover characters.

The first is Doctor Strange who has a new movie releasing in May. However, players may not be super familiar with the second crossover character. And it was surprisingly released alongside the Fortnite v20.20 update.

Prowler is an alias used by a number of people in the Marvel universe. But he most recently appeared in Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse as Miles Morales’ uncle. And the in-game skin is a similar depiction of the character.

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Unlocking Prowler in Fortnite Season 2

As mentioned before, Prowler was locked behind a time gate. Players can unlock him by completing special challenges starting on April 19.

There are nine cosmetic items in the Prowler set, and the skin comes in two styles. Players can unlock an emote, pickaxe, glider, and more in a little over a month.

His unlock requirements are identical to that of Superman or The Foundation. Once the timer runs out, players can complete Prowler-specific challenges to unlock each piece of the set.

Here are the Fortnite Season 2 Prowler challenges and rewards:

  • Headshot opponents with a thermal weapons x 3 – Mark of the Prowler wrap
  • Use a spray at The Daily Bugle – Prowler Tag spray
  • Collect 300 Bars – On The Prowl loading screen
  • Collect three different weapon types of Epic Rarity or higher in a single match – Prowler Banner Icon
  • Damage Opponents while crouched or sliding x 500 – Energy Claw Pickaxe
  • Mod a Vehicle, then drive it 500 meters in a single match – Prowler’s Grasp Emoticon
  • Complete 3 Prowler Quests – Prowler skin
  • Complete 7 Prowler Quests – Slash and Smash Emote/Sky Prowler Glider
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For more Forntite, check out when Chapter 3 Season 2 ends and Season 3 starts.

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