Fortnite Tournament Results in Bans for Some Users

Cheating is taken very seriously by the folks at Epic Games; so much so that they are banning people during the qualifying stages of the first ever Fortnite World Cup.

More than 1,000 accounts were banned for cheating after a bot used by Epic Games discovered them during the qualifying tournament.

They would explain the reasoning behind these bans in a blog post that was released last week; the first Fortnite World Cup Online Open was held on April 13 and 14 with a prize pool of $1 million dollars.

Total number of accounts banned was at 1,221. 1,163 of those are banned from competitive “Fortnite” play for two weeks due to circumventing the game’s region locks said Epic.
“Fortnite” awards World Cup prizes to thousands of players spread across six different regions: Europe, Asia, Brazil, Oceania, and the East and West coasts of North America. 196 prize winners were disqualified and forced to forfeit their prize money for playing across different regions.

Then another 48 accounts are banned for two weeks for sharing their accounts with other players, nine of them of those accounts are forced to forfeit their prize money while eight accounts were banned for teaming up with other players in the solo competition mode.

The World Cup alternates between the solo and duo tournaments each week however some players broke the rules by working together during the solo part of the World Cup.

Only one player was banned for using cheat software during the tournament which results in a permanent ban from their account. Epic did state that this player was only in the game for less than five minutes before the cheats were detected and the player was removed. The last ban handed down was a 72-hour suspension for a player who was disconnecting on purpose to avoid giving another players qualifier points.

“Fortnite” uses an anti-cheat software called BattlEye to detect when players are using hacks or illegal software. It also has a report system that allows for players to report suspicious activity and the players who try to create another account after being banned risk a permanent ban from competitive play.

“Fortnite” is free for anyone to play and compete, and there are more than 250 million registered accounts. Epic Games will host the third online qualifier for the Fortnite World Cup this week, the Fortnite World Cup Finals will be held from July 26 to July 28 in New York City.


Photo from Endgadget