So, the first week of the Fortnite World Cup did not go very smoothly. In fact, alleged hackers qualified for the World Cup or attempted to do so. To say the least, pros aren’t happy about this.
The Fortnite World Cup kicked off on the weekend of April 13th and it went about as well as everyone expected. An unmitigated disaster for all involved.
New spectators criticized the game for being non-competitive, players were unable to finish 10 games and forced kill themselves in-game, and now…hackers.
Pros are livid about this scandal…with good reason
Imagine if you had worked your behind off to make it to the top. Let’s say your school’s football team had struggled to grind to the state championships…and then it turns out the other team just paid to get there.
That’s how Fortnite pros are currently feeling about the hacking situation in the Fortnite World Cup.
Two different players have now been caught allegedly hacking in the World Cup qualifier. Johnny TK (Team Kaliber has already released him from their org) and DubsFN. Below is some of the possible proof that is taking down DubsFN:
Dubs Tv once was called Rdubs back in FNPL days. I had information and knew about the situation. I was doubtful but I emailed Epic Games about this 2 nights ago. Case closed pic.twitter.com/kN0W35DHB1— Aspectdolphin (@Aspectdolphin1) April 16, 2019
Pro players are obviously not happy about this as they played legitimately…and many of them didn’t qualify due to various issues.
When Tfue heard the news, he took a sarcastic jab at the accused cheater. It’s a lot easier to win with a hacker on your side.
Wanna partner with me for duos next week @Dubsfn— Tfue (@TTfue) April 16, 2019
FaZe Avery, a key influencer, had strong words to direct towards Epic Games in reply to the allegations against DubsFN. We can’t say he’s wrong. Epic Games has remained silent on these issues and continues to ignore the competitive community at almost every turn.
I mean when the devs and heads go MIA during the most important event in the games history. What can we expect— FaZe Avery (@Avxry) April 16, 2019
CLG’s Wish made an extremely important point about the hackers that haven’t been found yet. If Epic has let two slip past the radar already…how many more might be looking to qualify in the coming weeks?
I understand everyone is coming for johnny tk and dubs rn— CLG Wish (@WishYaLuckk) April 16, 2019
BUT HOW MANY OTHER MOTHERFUCKERS ARE RUNNING THIS SHIT MAN
I got triple headshotted game 2 and died 26th place. That shit was fishy as fuck. Man fuck this game.
Popular Fortnite player and member of Luminosity Gaming, SypherPK also made a quip about Epic’s lack of support and allowance of possible cheating in the World Cup.
Epic, It’s Time to Shut This Down…For Now
The following is our opinion and does not reflect the opinions of the pros (though we suspect they might agree).
Epic, it is time to shut down the Fortnite World Cup events until you can get your act together.
Hacking in qualifiers for the biggest eSports event of all time is not acceptable and it’s becoming more and more legitimate to call Fortnite esports a joke.
The first step would be to ensure that anti-cheat programs are working properly and lock down the game’s code. This might mean less leaks and attention for future releases, but it would make getting into the code much harder.
Second, as Hysteria said on Twitter, the qualifiers for the biggest esports event ever should not be played online. Other esports have created LAN arenas and leagues with far less cash than Epic is making.
Imagine having LAN quals for a 30 million dollar tourney so cheating couldn’t happen. Whether or not the dude actually cheated this week you know 100% at least a few cheaters are going to qualify lmao. What a joke— Jacob Reiser (@JacobHysteria) April 16, 2019
We’ll have more to say on this matter in a future article that we’ll link to from here when it is published. We hope Epic takes a serious look at what is going on and begins to make amends fast.