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?