A Fortnite Battle Royale streamer with over two million subscribers on YouTube has been banned from the game for cheating. Faze Jarvis uploaded videos of him using an aimbot in non-competitive matches, which has resulted in Epic Games permanently disabling his account.

As Polygon reports, Jarvis produced an apology video after the incident, saying that the videos were just meant to be “entertaining and interesting” and that it “didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life from Fortnite.” He ultimately does take responsibility for his actions, though, calling it a “huge mistake” and saying that “I should have paid more attention to the community rules.”

As a free-to-play game, Jarvis could easily create another Fortnite account and start over — inconvenient, certainly, but probably worth the loss of his previous account if it meant that he could continue making videos. Other players who have had their accounts banned for illegal activity have likely done the same thing.

This situation is a little unusual, however, in that Jarvis is a public figure who broadcasts his Fortnite gameplay to a wide audience. If they could do so easily (in other words, without IP bans), game companies would ban people, not accounts, that cheat because there’s little stopping the player from cheating again on another account. Although he’s unlikely to make the same mistake again, if Jarvis makes another account and produces Fortnite videos for it, should Epic ban that account, too? Or would that be adopting a harsher standard for him, one that’s nearly impossible to execute if a known cheater made another “clean” account and didn’t broadcast his return to the game?

Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

7 COMMENTS

  1. you can get your ip changed for $50 lol what is this. put a mask on and make up a new “public figure” lol dude he plays video games…

  2. ID banned? Did you mean IP banned? Then again, proxy or dynamic IP solve that issue. So, basically there’s no way to ‘STOP someone from playing the game at all”..Unless you throw that person to uninhabited island butt-naked. 😀

    P.S. Hmmm…why throw people into jail and make civilians pay tax for prisoner’s maintenance instead of throwing them into uninhabited islands from helicopters (without parachute of course).
    I know, I am world’s #1 humanist. @u@

  3. ID Ban. Same rule to all. Exposure (stream) should be secondary, or else how about the cheaters themselves come forward, start to stream to become known, with multiple accounts after previous being banned, and grow up like that until eventually Epic will say “oh, he is actually helping the community to grow” – by making cheats available. Silly.

  4. When Riot banned tyler1 from LoL they actually “ID banned” him to stop him from playing the game at all. He would make new accounts and stream on them and they would be banned after a day or so. Funny thing is he was eventually unbanned and even made guest appearances at official league events.

    • No they didn’t lmfao stop spreading false information. They just gave him a regular ban, and each time he made a new account they would ban him once they were able to confirm that it was him using that account. How do you think he made all those youtube videos of him playing league and was able to play on each account for months before each one got banned if it was an IP ban?

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