Cheating in Fortnite has resurfaced in recent weeks due to reports of soft aiming attacks.
For those unaware, soft aim tricks are the new trend in Fortnite. These cheats allow players to bypass Epic Games’ anti-cheat software with what is essentially an aimbot. Several professional players have been criticized with similar accusations. Epic Games has yet to address cheating issues in these tournaments, which boast multi-million dollar prize pools.
The cheating controversy took a new turn during the NA West portion of FNCS Chapter 2 – Season 3. During the qualifiers, a player by the name of Kona used an alleged $11 cheat to get into the fourth and final FNCS Qualifying Finals. It then went live on Twitch to show off the soft aim trick only to receive an immediate ban from Epic Games.
Kona exposed for cheating
Damn Kona, I see that follow up pic.twitter.com/DhXvLMAoZn
— Camouflage (@QtCamo) August 10, 2020
The Twitter video above shows what many NA West players brought to light yesterday afternoon. Kona is using soft aim tricks to an extent. He was able to track players through the buildings and didn’t miss a single shot. This transgression played out during rounds one and two of the fourth NA West FNCS Qualifier. Kona’s performance earned him enough points to get him to the Grand Finals, where he likely would have finished inside the top 50 had he not received a ban.
Soft aim hacks for live streaming
THIS KONA KID IS SHARPLY SHOWING HIS CHEATS ON STREAM great job fortnite pic.twitter.com/HgMZQjOuD7
— PURXY 💸🥢 (@purxyy) August 10, 2020
Kona then went live on Twitch with every intention of showing off the cheat itself and how easy it was to bypass Fortnite’s anti-cheat system. However, the current from him did not last long. Epic Games soon found out what was going on at NA West and banned Kona as well, preventing her from competing in the Grand Finals on day four. Ronaldo, the newest member of NRG he interviewed Kona shortly after that.
He revealed that the aimbot cost him $11, took him five minutes to set up, and the manufacturer has sold approximately 11,000 hacks so far. The whole situation raises questions about how long these soft targets have plagued Fortnite and when Epic Games will address the public outcry.
— Kona (@KonaG_) August 10, 2020
100 Thieves player Arkhram was just one of many players who spoke out against Kona when she dishonestly made it to the Grand Finals. Kona took out Arkhram at one point in the early rounds without hesitation. Chaos ensued soon after, with multiple Fortnite pros weighing in on what happened.
Silence from Epic Games
This just goes to show how bad this season has been, Epic announces Solo FNCS back to back seasons that no one wanted and this is what happens, cheaters ruin the game, a meta that is the least competitive we’ve ever seen, terrible servers and a spectator mode awful, increase @EpicGames
– Bizzle (@FaZeBizzle) August 10, 2020
Multiple time champion FaZe Bizzle addressed issues with Chapter 2 – Season 3 and cheats in particular. It’s no secret that professional Fortnite players have been at odds with Epic Games for quite some time. However, when Kona revealed how easy it is to cheat in Fortnite, he just created a completely different environment.
Affordable soft aim hacks call into question the legitimacy of all Fortnite tournaments. Thousands upon thousands of players queue up for these tournaments with relative ease. Some competitions are open to players of any Arena rank. Others require hopeful competitors to reach the rank of Division Champion. There is no way of knowing if the hackers have won money in previous tournaments, but it is very possible.
Epic Games has no choice but to acknowledge and respond to these criticisms. On a day when hackers are actively crashing Call of Duty: Warzone tournaments, Fortnite: Battle Royale could be experiencing a similar fate. Hopefully there will be a statement in the next few days with a plan to attack the soft aimers that seem to be rampant in Fortnite.
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