Popular streamer Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins gives his thoughts on the current Fortnite professional scene in relation to the recent cheating scandal.
The competitive and professional Fortnite scene was rocked over the weekend following news that four pro players have been banned from the game for cheating.
Kreo, Bucke, Slackes, and Keys received 60-day bans from competitive Fortnite for colluding with one another. The two teams landed in the Slurpy Swamp area for free shields. Each game, they took turns shooting one another for Storm Surge tags without ever following up or pushing the fight.
A video of the four players doing this in all four warmup matches along with the FNCS Finals was enough to get Epic to issue the ban.
A lot of pro Fortnite players reacted to the high-profile and harsh banning of the four involved. There were people on both sides of the argument. Some were saying it was too harsh, while others praised Epic for acting swiftly and justly.
Ninja, one of the OG voices in the Fortnite community, took some time to react to the situation on his stream. “This competitive scene is purely run by kids,” he said. “And then Epic’s like, ‘here’s a Fortnite tournament.'”
When a viewer mentioned Mongraal and Benjyfishy, two of the top young players in the world, Ninja responded by saying, “I respect Mongraal and BenjyFishy and those guys, man. I don’t think they would do this s**t.”
“They’re too talented” he continued. “They don’t need to – which is so weird because so are these kids. And I’m disappointed, man. I’m disappointed in so many of these kids for trying to cheat, man, when they don’t need to.”
Ninja also brought up the controversial banning of FaZe Jarvis for using an aimbot for content. “Jarvis cheats in an online, regular game for no money – gets a full-time ban. Players get caught cheating in a tournament for money and they get banned for 60 days.”
Ninja has become one of the more controversial figures in Fortnite. His success has bred a lot of hate, but he’s remained the same person throughout a lot of it. He has a few points, in my opinion, especially when it comes to the skill of players like Kreo and Bucke.
These players didn’t need to exploit Storm Surge the way that they did. They could have gotten those tags without cheating, and now they’re facing a 60-day ban.
Hopefully, they come back stronger and learn from their mistake. 60 days isn’t a death sentence for their careers. It might seem like an eternity, but they can come back and dominate once again.