As a general rule, when someone is caught cheating while trying to qualify for a competition, they’re no longer eligible to compete in that competition. It’s more or less a done deal.

That is, of course, unless they’re only banned for a short period of time and are immediately allowed to start working to qualify all over again. This is the case with two Fortnite players by the name of Xxif and Ronaldo who were banned by Epic when they were found to be earning kills from other players sacrificing themselves.

The kills in question were caught in clips that Epic reviewed and apparently found to be solid enough evidence worth banning the two players — for two weeks. According to Polygon, this ban was only long enough for the players to miss one solo and one duo qualification opportunity. As a result, it apparently didn’t take much for either of them to work their way back up through the ranks the rest of the weeks, even taking the top spot in the duos qualifiers.

To no one’s surprise, these results aren’t exactly going over well with other members of the Fortnite community. Several have voiced their concern via Twitter. Many feel that this will only encourage cheaters in the future.

Part of the discord is based in the enormous size of the tournament’s prize pool. All told, the Fortnite World Cup will dole out a total of $30 million to players. In fact, just for qualifying Xxif and Ronaldo will receive $50,000.

Xxif and Ronaldo, for their part, feel they have paid their dues and have earned their spot.

QuintLyn is a long-time lover of all things video game related will happily talk about them to anyone that will listen. She began writing about games for various hobby sites a little over ten years ago and has taken on various roles in the games community. For the past five years she's been a writer at Gamebreaker TV.


  1. I am curious what the “cheat” was? If they worked way up ranks, there is obviously a level of skill. Unless they are cheating way back up… If we are talking in game exploits like: “Double peeking, domhin diving”, etc… who cares, the game was made this way and comany too cheap to fix it. Reminds me of lazy mmorpg devs taht, when a dungeon has a hole in the wall, or boss to pull and wipe a town…all they do is BAN the player instead of fix it…
    If it is a third party software exploiting the system, thens ure, I understand a ban…

    • The cheat was that they had other players sacrifice themselves for the duo to gain free points. AFAIK, all players involved, including the “sacrificed” were also banned. It’s not against the rules of the game, but I’m pretty sure this was against the rules of the tournament they were taking part in.
      There were no bugs or exploits. It’s almost like fixing matches by paying one side to lose on purpose, except no money was involved here (I think).


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