Epic Games recently released a post about the Week 3 cheating that occurred during the Fortnite World Cup. Professional players are angry that Rise XXiF is essentially getting away with it in the end.
What happens when you break a rule or a law? You get punished accordingly dependent on the severity of the crime or violation. Logical and it is the basic system by which modern society tries to limit bad behavior.
Epic Games understands the punishment part, but completely missed the mark on the severity of XXiF’s offense. Instead of being handed a strong banhammer, the player got away with only a 14 day suspension.
XXiF gets 14 day ban and Pros are not happy
Epic posted a blog update for the community regarding the Week 3 cheating. Here’s their statement in full for context:
‘Based on an internal investigation, we have concluded that a group of players attempted to undermine the Week 3 Fortnite World Cup Online Open competition on April 28 by colluding across several matches.
All players involved will receive a 14 day competitive ban and will be ineligible for any Week 3 prizes. This group also included a player whose score would have qualified them for the Fortnite World Cup finals in New York. Consequently, in addition to the competitive ban and loss of prizing, this player will also forfeit their Fortnite World Cup Finals qualification spot. As a result, the qualification spot will be granted to the next highest ranking player on the Week 3 Finals leaderboard for the NA-E region who has yet to qualify for Solos.’
Imagine working your butt off to reach the very pinnacle of competitive Fortnite and then seeing a cheater fly into the World Cup. That’s bad enough, but what if that player was then given a little slap on the wrist for their actions?
‘All actions must have equal and opposite reactions’ unfortunately does not seem to apply to Fortnite cheating. In other esports and sports, we would not be talking about days or weeks…we’d be talking about years.
Many professional Fortnite players have already taken to Twitter to voice their concerns over this ban. Many are afraid that XXiF will learn from his mistakes in all the wrong ways and attempt to cheat again.
Luminosity’s SypherPK was among the first with comments on the matter:
I’m glad they’re doing something but cheating in this way should have a zero tolerance policy and result in a permanent ban from the World Cup. People who played on multiple regions get the same punishment as straight up teaming, feeding, cheaters?— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) May 3, 2019
Any other game would perm ban! pic.twitter.com/xPeRuLLrRt
Of course it’s better than nothing, but as SypherPK says, any other game would have permanently banned XXiF for the blatant cheating. He continued to tweet about the issue.
I’m glad they got exposed and punished it’ll definitely set them back but I’m not sure how I feel about these same players being able to come back and potentially do sneakier shit in 2 weeks time.— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) May 3, 2019
Sypher makes another good point about the fact that XXiF might try to cheat again. If you are the type of person that thinks it is OK to cheat once, you won’t hesitate to cheat again. While the consequences could harsher next time around, Epic has shown their hand in a big way.
As a last, semi-sarcastic note, Sypher posted a potential future Fortnite stream commentator comment:
*Potential Reality*— LG SypherPK (@SypherPK) May 3, 2019
Fortnite Commentator: “Here’s Rise XXIF and his team mate Ronaldo showing up big in today’s competition. Definitely an amazing come back after they were banned in week 3 for literally cheating. Glad to see them secure a duo spot in week 8 of the qualifiers.”
Other professional Fortnite players also jumped into the discussion. Among them was FaZe Clan’s Cloakzy. He kept it short and to the point, letting the absurdity of the situation speak for itself.
Another FaZe member, Jaomock, echoed his teammate’s sentiment. The amounts of money we are talking about here should warrant a much heftier response from Epic.
14 day ban kinda light for almost scamming atleast 50k 🤦🏻♂️— FaZe Jaomock (@Jaomock) May 3, 2019
Dakotaz also wanted to weigh in a little and tweeted out an image of XXiF’s victory tweet. Imagine being proud of cheating…
imagine cheating your way into the world cup and tweeting this… pic.twitter.com/YTYw38svpG— dakotaz (@dakotaz) May 3, 2019
While Epic has recently shown that they are immovable once they make a decisions (Stretched resolution, siphoning, FOV, etc.), there may be one more hope for justice.
Rise Nation is the organization that currently employs XXiF. The only way to get some real closure for this cheating scandal would be for Rise Nation to kick the player from their roster. The evidence is clear and isn’t refuted by any major players.
Update: Rise Nation has now released XXiF from their Fortnite roster and informed the community via Twitter.
We hear you. ✍🏼 pic.twitter.com/qCzoo6a6Lb— RiseNation (@TheRiseNation) May 3, 2019
Epic Games made a serious mistake in allowing XXiF to remain in the Fortnite scene. A 14 day ban is so short that he will barely notice it all. He will simply wait it out and try again in 2 weeks.
Maybe the professional and us are wrong about him. Maybe he will be ‘reformed’ and never cheat again. All the same, this might encourage other would-be cheaters to try their luck as the punishments aren’t severe.
Think about in terms of soccer. If a player got caught conspiring with opposing team to help them win the game, would they be suspended for 14 days? No, they would immediately removed from the team and never get to spot on a team again.
What do you think? Is 14 days enough for cheating in a $30 million dollar tourney or should XXiF have been punished with a harsher sentence?