A member of the Epic Games team has denied that a player was banned after Ninja reported him for high ping.
The controversial situation became a hotly contested subjected on the FortniteBR Reddit when an Australian player posted a video on November 16 which showed Ninja reporting him for high ping. It looks to have been from a number of weeks prior, as Ninja wasn’t in his new streaming room.
The clip showed Ninja dying to the player after attempting to put up a build in order to stop his opponent’s bullets, but the streamer ended up dying anyway, leading to him submitting a report that said he was killed because of higher ping.
In the video posted by the player who claimed he was banned, Ninja does indeed report him for high ping, but an Epic Games employee has confirmed that the player wasn’t banned for that reason, and in fact, the names of the two accounts had been switched to make it seem that way.
This is not clickbait. Ninja got a player banned for having higher ping. Epic just banned the player only cause Ninja reported him. This is proof that Epic BANS anyone who Ninja reports and does not review the player. This is so fucking stupid. Epic Games is extremely careless. from r/FortNiteBR
The verified account, Epic Boomer, stated the following:
“We take the reporting and actioning of accounts very seriously. We treat every report the same and follow the same process to determine what action is necessary.
There are two accounts involved in this: Account A which was the account originally reported by Ninja and Account B which is tied to a YouTube video we discovered
On Oct 2nd, Account B was disabled for reasons unrelated to player reporting.
On Oct 3rd, Account A was reported by Ninja. It was investigated and not actioned due to lack of evidence.
On Oct 4th, Account A changed their display name away from the name reported on October 3.
On Nov 13th, Account B was re-enabled based on a review of the underlying system.
On Nov 17th, account B changed their display name to match the display name of account A at the time of Ninja’s report.
We became aware of a YouTube video claiming that we banned (and then unbanned) account B based on Ninja’s report, which is false. We hope this clears up the sequence of actions.”
There was no further update on whether Ninja will receive any kind of warning for inappropriate reporting, or whether the player who manipulated the situation to make it seem as if he was banned for different reasons, will face any kind of punishment himself.