Epic Games just finished up its second week of the Fortnite Summer Skirmish tournaments (there are 8 weeks in all) and of course there’s already some drama. On Friday, a player by the name of IDropz_Bodies walked away with the top slot and $130,000 after racking up 129 eliminations. It didn’t take people long to accuse him of cheating in order to do so.
As it turns out, IDropz_Bodies didn’t stream his sessions live, instead uploading them later. Because of this, and well, a slew of other things they found suspicious, fans decided a call-out and demands for investigation were warranted. One of the points of contention is that players suspected he used a mouse and keyboard while playing on a PS4.
As it turns out, Epic did investigate. Let’s just say that anyone looking to get IDropz_Bodies’ win overturned is in for disappointment. Not only did Epic not find any signs of actual cheating, but some of the things he was accused of aren’t against any rules in the first place. For instance: no one is required to stream their gameplay live because not everyone has that capability. As for the input issue, no rules exist stopping people from using a mouse or keyboard on the PS4, as they want to make the game as accessible to everyone as possible.
For those of you interested in the rules and requirements for tournament play, Epic’s response on Reddit should be a pretty informative read. And hopefully, there will be less confusion in the future.