We’re used to British tabloids attacking Fortnite for turning the nation’s children into monsters, but now they’re attacking Fortnite players for making money from the game.
This week, Epic gave 17-year-old Brit Jarvis Kaye, aka Fortnite pro FaZe Jarvis, a lifetime ban from the game for using an aimbot.
Kaye took to YouTube, where she has 2.1 million subscribers, to post a tearful apology. In the video, which has had almost 9.5 million views, Kaye insists that she used the aimbot in a non-competitive game mode with an alternate account to create entertainment for her fans and claims to have been unaware of the consequences of doing so. her actions. .
Interestingly, the British tabloids have pounced on this story, with The Sun and the Daily Mail in particular going hard on the teenager. In an article published this week, the Mail published an article focusing on how much money Kaye may have made from her apology video, including quotes from her mother, and estimated the value of her family’s home. .
The headline reads: “British Fortnite player FaZe Jarvis, 17, has been handed a lifetime ban for cheating and ‘won another £20,000’ with his tearful YouTube apology video.”
The Mail doesn’t seem to like the fact that Kaye has made a lot of money playing Fortnite and making YouTube videos, regardless of whether the newspaper agrees with the severity of Epic’s punishment.
“As a YouTuber, Jarvis could have chosen not to get paid for his tearful post, but the paid ads still appeared on his page,” the Mail says.
The Mail also includes quotes from Kaye’s mother, presumably obtained after sending a reporter to the door of the family home.
Unsurprisingly defending her son and calling for a rethink from the gaming community, Kaye’s mother gets the full Mail treatment, complete with details on her house, its estimated value, and a description of the city it’s in. find in the article. .
“Ms Khattri’s professional gaming son, known as FaZe Jarvis, lives with her and her two brothers in a £1.3m townhouse in the picturesque suburban town of Oxted in Surrey,” the Mail says.
We are then told that Kaye comes from a middle-class family, his mother runs a successful business, and he makes a lot of money from his popular YouTube channel.
“Raised in a middle-class family by his mother, who runs a successful consultancy business, the teenager is said to have amassed an estimated £2 million fortune and earned £27,500 in advertising over the last month alone via of his YouTube channel with two million fans,” says the Mail.
“Javis and his brother Frazier, known as FaZe Kay, are said to have helped create ‘The FaZe Clan’, the esports team the brothers account for £6.2 million last year, including £2.4 million in prize money plus Additional £3.8m from sponsorship deals.”
We were also told that Kaye attended a local Oxted comprehensive school and issued a “humiliating apology” to fans.
The story doesn’t seem to have sparked much debate among Mail readers, but one of the four commenters, from Luton’s “GreatBrtn”, knows what’s up: “Now, DM, it’s Liebour who hates the rich.”
The Mail then ran a follow-up story about the huge Los Angeles house that Kaye lives in with her teammates. The article, which is titled “Revealed: British Fortnite star FaZe Jarvis banned for ‘cheating’ lives in £11.6m Hollywood mansion with his team-mates,” includes footage of home.
While the Mail remains upset over a wealthy YouTuber, recent events have sparked a debate over Kaye’s lifetime ban. Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the world’s most popular Fortnite streamer, recently said that content creators who cheat should be treated “a little differently” than regular players.
“There’s a difference between a content creator who has millions of subscribers, hundreds of thousands of followers, who is literally banned from making money and a kid who is a piece of shit who has absolutely zero followers, no followers at all. money. that comes from gaming and hacks,” Ninja said in a broadcast on Mixer. “You ban that guy, nothing’s wrong with him. Nothing happens. ‘Oh no, he can’t cheat anymore.’ You ban Jarvis… It’s different, the stakes are different, it should be handled a little bit differently.
“Just look at the situation. It needs to be handled differently because it’s different. A cheating content creator whose entire life is about the game they’re playing and some random guy who has no YouTube channel, no Twitter account, no He doesn’t even care, he just cheats. He hacks to hack. You ban one, you ruin his life. You ban the other, he makes another account and keeps cheating. It’s different. It has to be handled differently.”
Ninja then qualified his comments, which were widely criticized, by saying that the ban should “be 100 percent”, but said that the punishment for young people who cheat should be different from the punishment for adults.