A few days ago we talked about the damage online cheats and hacks can have in multiplayer games. Fortnite is no exception, and you might come across a player who seems to be using cheats in every other game. However, people can be forgiven for assuming that streamers who make a living from the game will avoid using such cheats.
This is not entirely true, and in the past, several notable streamers and famous gamers have been caught cheating, or at least accused of doing so.
The five biggest cheating scandals Fortnite has seen to date
Most Fortnite players will remember this one. A few days ago we speak on where Jarvis has been since his ban from Fortnite, as the former streamer and gamer was caught using an Aimbot live on his Twitch stream, as seen in the video below.
He is seen explaining that he will test Fortnite’s new ban policy and check to see if the new account he uses Aimbot on is banned immediately. It didn’t pan out as this was deemed cheating and Epic Games decided to permanently ban his account.
Although you can still create a new account, this marked the end of your competitive Fortnite gaming career. You can see the incident below:
Zaccubus makes this list even though his ban was temporary and was for an offense that is pretty common in Fortnite. He was seen ‘teaming up’ with a friend, and decided not to shoot him when the two crossed paths in their Solos match.
While not exactly the greatest of crimes, Fortnite has a strict policy against teaming and has been known to impose bans for the same thing. Anyway, this exercise is quite common among Fortnite players, but when you are a streamer with thousands of views, you better not commit even the slightest offense!
The swing set glitch
Although this incident did not involve any cheating, the glitch was something that players finally began to fear! Nowadays the swing sets in Fortnite are solid and don’t move. Before, however, this was not the case.
During the early days of Fortnite in 2017, players could jump on swings and swing. However, Fortnite’s tracking system would record the unpredictable movement of characters on swings as cheating. As a result, dozens of streamers on YouTube began posting videos in which they were immediately or subsequently banned after playing with these toys.
You can learn more by watching the following video:
This is another case where the streamer wasn’t trying to cheat, but ended up getting banned anyway. Landon has over 3 million subscribers on YouTube, and in 2018, he stumbled upon a website that offered various custom skins.
Although the skins cannot be seen by other players and do not give the player any advantage, the developers of Fortnite consider tampering with the game files to be cheating. Thus, once he wore the skins in front of his streaming audience, he was banned from Fortnite. However, as the matter was minor, the ban was later overturned.
Regardless, it shows how a little action can translate into real bans, especially if you’re a popular streamer!
DolphinHacks (Exposed by ShotgunPlays)
ShotgunPlays is a popular Fortnite YouTuber who regularly features other streamers on his channel. On one such occasion, he was looking for newer streamers on Twitch with potential and ended up clicking on a channel called DolphinHacks.
In doing so, the cheater’s entire interface was visible to his dozens of viewers, and it was due to low viewership that he hadn’t been reported up to that point. However, once ShotgunPlays submitted the account, the hacker was reported and banned.
You can see all the above incidents in the following video: