Gamer sobs after receiving lifetime-ban from Fortnite over cheating
A teenage Fortnite gamer admitted to receiving a lifetime ban from Fortnite after being caught cheating in a live broadcast. The revelation was made in 17-year-old Jarvis Kaye's latest YouTube video, uploaded on Sunday.
The young gaming guru from Surrey, England revealed that the creators behind Fortnite, Epic Games, had banned him for using "aimbots", a software that helps with shooting in the game.
Kaye, also known as FaZe Jarvis, used the tearful video to address the ban and issue an apology to his 2 million followers.
"All I was thinking about whilst I was making those videos was just how entertaining and interesting these videos would be for you guys to watch," he said. "It didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life from Fortnite from those videos."
Jarvis is a member of eSports team FaZe Clan and claims he had only activated them for instruction videos and never used aimbots in competitions.
"I just want to be clear that this is the first time that I have ever done anything like this and of course I have never done this in a competitive game mode at all. Epic Games you know I know how big of a mistake I’ve made and I’m truly like so sorry. Epic, I know I have to take accountability for my actions and I’m going to do my best to accept any punishment that comes my way. I’m not trying to find a quick road out but being banned forever is just – a lifetime ban – is just, I just didn’t this would happen."
The gamer also addressed the ban in a tweet, writing: "I'm going to take accountability for my actions and I understand completely why this has happened, I just wish I had known how severe the consequences were at the time and I would have never thought about doing it."
As part of the FAQ on its website, Epic Games emphasizes that it "takes cheating very seriously on both a legal and game development front."
"We don't want to tip our hand by talking in-depth about how we combat cheating. Cheaters are permanently banned across all Epic products."