Fortnite pros Kreo, Bucke, Slackes, and Keys have been banned for 60 days in the wake of a ‘teaming’ scandal in the FNCS Week 1 competition.

This past weekend brought us the first week of the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 2 Season 2. Some of the biggest names in the game competed to earn their spots in the grand finals of each region.

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In NA East, the duos of Kreo and Bucke and Keys and Slackes placed first and second, respectively. When viewers went back and watched their VoDs, however, they noticed something fishy about the early engagements between the two teams.

The two teams were landing in the Slurpy Swamp area, where shields are free. They would shoot one another for free storm surge tags, then leave eachother alone to heal up and continue looting.

For those who only play and watch casual Fortnite matches, storm surge is a way to limit the high player count in competitive games. When there are too many people left, storm surge starts to damage and eliminate players who haven’t done enough damage to their opponents.

As you can see in this clip, the duos were shooting one another to get 100 or more damage without ever pursuing the finish. After one engagement, Bucke can even be seen fishing without adequately protecting himself – knowing that he won’t get finished.

Several Fortnite pros immediately jumped on this clip and called for the four players to get banned. Many assumed that the XXiF and Ronaldo precedent of two weeks would be enforced, but Epic surprised many and banned them for 60 days – more than the duration of the FNCS tournament.

This is clear collusion and against the Fortnite competitive rules on ‘teaming.’ Epic recently banned passive in-game collision with pickaxe swinging, so getting free storm surge tags is obviously ban-worthy as well.

The duos defended themselves on Twitter, with Bucke stating that he and Kreo usually bloom-battle opponents who land at Slurpy Swamp in scrims. The fact that neither team died during the warmups or in any FNCS match is pretty damning, however.

Kreo, who was previously kicked from Luminosity Gaming after a scamming scandal, said that he wished “we at least had the opportunity to explain/defend ourselves without everyone hopping on the bandwagon.”

Most of the pro players in the community praised Epic for their swift action, but some wanted more of an investigation into the accusations. Chap tweeted, “I still think you should be banned for life when caught cheating in any tournament for money.”

Clix was on the other side of the argument. He appears to think that the 60-day ban is too harsh and that it punishes the teams for a worse crime than they committed.

This is a nuanced topic, but the number of games in which the teams colluded is probably what triggered the 60-day ban. The four pros didn’t necessarily communicate their intentions outside of the game, but the lack of true fighting in every engagement is pretty damning.

Epic’s swift and harsh decision is the cheating deterrent for which a lot of players were asking. The two-week ban for XXiF and Ronaldo allowed them to qualify for the World Cup when they came back. Epic wasn’t going to let this happen again, especially with so many clips.

That’s where the story is, right now. We’ll keep you posted with any updates.

Jimmy is a passionate gamer and lover/hater of all things Fortnite. Good comms on Twitter @JimmyDangus.