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Pro players are rightfully angry about the Fortnite WC XXiF cheating ruling

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Epic Games recently released a post about the Week 3 cheating that occurred during the Fortnite World Cup. Professional players are angry that Rise XXiF is essentially getting away with it in the end.

What happens when you break a rule or a law? You get punished accordingly dependent on the severity of the crime or violation. Logical and it is the basic system by which modern society tries to limit bad behavior.

Epic Games understands the punishment part, but completely missed the mark on the severity of XXiF’s offense. Instead of being handed a strong banhammer, the player got away with only a 14 day suspension.

XXiF gets 14 day ban and Pros are not happy

Epic posted a blog update for the community regarding the Week 3 cheating. Here’s their statement in full for context:

‘Based on an internal investigation, we have concluded that a group of players attempted to undermine the Week 3 Fortnite World Cup Online Open competition on April 28 by colluding across several matches.

All players involved will receive a 14 day competitive ban and will be ineligible for any Week 3 prizes. This group also included a player whose score would have qualified them for the Fortnite World Cup finals in New York. Consequently, in addition to the competitive ban and loss of prizing, this player will also forfeit their Fortnite World Cup Finals qualification spot. As a result, the qualification spot will be granted to the next highest ranking player on the Week 3 Finals leaderboard for the NA-E region who has yet to qualify for Solos.’

Imagine working your butt off to reach the very pinnacle of competitive Fortnite and then seeing a cheater fly into the World Cup. That’s bad enough, but what if that player was then given a little slap on the wrist for their actions?

‘All actions must have equal and opposite reactions’ unfortunately does not seem to apply to Fortnite cheating. In other esports and sports, we would not be talking about days or weeks…we’d be talking about years.

Many professional Fortnite players have already taken to Twitter to voice their concerns over this ban. Many are afraid that XXiF will learn from his mistakes in all the wrong ways and attempt to cheat again.

Luminosity’s SypherPK was among the first with comments on the matter:

Of course it’s better than nothing, but as SypherPK says, any other game would have permanently banned XXiF for the blatant cheating. He continued to tweet about the issue.

Sypher makes another good point about the fact that XXiF might try to cheat again. If you are the type of person that thinks it is OK to cheat once, you won’t hesitate to cheat again. While the consequences could harsher next time around, Epic has shown their hand in a big way.

As a last, semi-sarcastic note, Sypher posted a potential future Fortnite stream commentator comment:

Other professional Fortnite players also jumped into the discussion. Among them was FaZe Clan’s Cloakzy. He kept it short and to the point, letting the absurdity of the situation speak for itself.

Another FaZe member, Jaomock, echoed his teammate’s sentiment. The amounts of money we are talking about here should warrant a much heftier response from Epic.

Dakotaz also wanted to weigh in a little and tweeted out an image of XXiF’s victory tweet. Imagine being proud of cheating…

While Epic has recently shown that they are immovable once they make a decisions (Stretched resolution, siphoning, FOV, etc.), there may be one more hope for justice.

Rise Nation is the organization that currently employs XXiF. The only way to get some real closure for this cheating scandal would be for Rise Nation to kick the player from their roster. The evidence is clear and isn’t refuted by any major players.

Update: Rise Nation has now released XXiF from their Fortnite roster and informed the community via Twitter.

Epic Games made a serious mistake in allowing XXiF to remain in the Fortnite scene. A 14 day ban is so short that he will barely notice it all. He will simply wait it out and try again in 2 weeks.

Maybe the professional and us are wrong about him. Maybe he will be ‘reformed’ and never cheat again. All the same, this might encourage other would-be cheaters to try their luck as the punishments aren’t severe.

Think about in terms of soccer. If a player got caught conspiring with opposing team to help them win the game, would they be suspended for 14 days? No, they would immediately removed from the team and never get to spot on a team again.

What do you think? Is 14 days enough for cheating in a $30 million dollar tourney or should XXiF have been punished with a harsher sentence?

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Fortnite pro Cented kicked out of FaZe Clan for using hate speech

Fortnite pro Cented is no longer a part of FaZe clan. He was caught saying a racial slur on stream, and has parted ways with the organization.

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Fortnite pro Cented no longer in FaZe Clan

FaZe Clan has removed Cented from their Fortnite roster after the pro player used a racial slur on a livestream. Here’s what’s next for the aspiring Esports athlete.

When Evan ‘Cented’ Barron joined FaZe clan in March 2021, fans worldwide had sky-scraping expectations from him. To be fair, he did gain a ton of followers across Twitch and Twitter and significantly improved his skills as a pro.

However, the former FNCS finalist and Cash Cups winner has been kicked out by FaZe Clan for using hate speech.

Why did FaZe Clan permanently remove Fortnite pro Cented?

While playing Fortnite recently, Cented joined Twitch streamer nothellfire1’s party and wasted no time in dropping a racial slur. It seems like he was not aware that nothellfire1 was live on Twitch.

This was followed by FaZe immediately announcing Cented’s permanent removal from the clan for using hate speech. The post clearly mentioned how the Esports org is constantly evolving and there is no room for racial slurs/discriminatory language.

Soon after, Cented himself admitted to using the slur on stream and claimed that he should’ve known better. The streamer apologized to the Fortnite community and acknowledged his immaturity and ignorance.

He said, “Somewhere along the way I let my ego get the best of me.”

Fortnite community reacts to FaZe Clan removing Cented

While some players are shocked that FaZe has parted ways with Cented instead of giving him sensitivity training, others like prominent leaker HYPEX did not hold back from making him aware of his mistake.

The mixed response from the Fortnite community is understandable, to say the least. It is fair for people to expect organizations to take rehabilitative measures, and it is equally justified for others to expect more maturity from adults like Cented.

This isn’t the first time that Cented has faced consequences for his blunt behavior. Back in June 2021, Epic Games warned him for abusing a young player and recklessly ranting about the Battle Royale game on Twitter.

Incidents like the one mentioned above have played a major role in decaying the image of Fortnite’s competitive community. Rather than being role models, the pros are infamous for being toxic and disrespectful.

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Fortnite Champion Series Chapter 3 Season 3 start date and prize pool revealed 

Fortnite has announced the Champion Series (FNCS) for Chapter 3 Season 3 in which pros worldwide will compete for 3 million dollars.

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FNCS Chapter 3 Season 3

The Fortnite Champion Series is easily the most anticipated competitive event every season. In Chapter 3 Season 3, the likes of Bugha, Clix, and Arkhram, among others, will battle it out for a prize pool of 3 million dollars.

Epic Games has finally announced the FNCS for Chapter 3 Season 3. This time around, the logo seems to have a tropical theme that matches the ‘Vibin’ season. The meta has also changed significantly, and it will be interesting to see how some of the most talented esports athletes have adapted to it.

Everything to know about Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Chapter 3 Season 3

Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 3 Season 3 will begin on July 6 with 3 Qualifier rounds. The top five teams (Duos) from each round will directly advance to the FNCS Finals.

The qualifiers will take place till July 18 and the Semi-Finals will begin on July 21. As per Epic Games, the key to reaching the finals is Victory Royales and consistency. In the three Semi-Finals sessions, 6 Victory Royale winners and the top six consistent teams will move ahead.

The Finals will take place between August 12-14. There are two ways for a team to win the Fortnite Champion Series in Chapter 3 Season 3:

  • The first team to get three Victory Royales and earn 475 points will be declared the FNCS champion. This is called the Match Point.
  • If no team is able to acquire a Match Point at the end of 12 Finals matches, the duo with the highest points will win.

Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS prize pool distribution

The prize pool for the Chapter 3 Season 3 FNCS is a whopping $3 million. However, it will be divided across several regions:

  • EU: $1,350,000
  • NAE: $690,000
  • BR: $240,000
  • NAW: $240,000
  • ASIA: $240,000
  • ME: $120,000
  • OCE: $120,000

The prize pool is different for each region, primarily because of Fortnite’s prominence there. It is evident that the viewership numbers in Europe are much higher than in the Middle East and Oceania.

FNCS Chapter 3 Season 2 rewards
Fortnite Champion Series in Chapter 3 Season 2 granted these rewards to viewers

It is worth noting that fans should be able to unlock some free cosmetics by watching the matches. New FNCS-themed cosmetics also arrive in the Item Shop.

All in all, it is safe to assume that the Fortnite Champion Series for Chapter 3 Season 3 will be more exciting than ever. A ton of new features and weapons have arrived recently, and even map changes have been quite frequent.

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Fortnite star SypherPK quits Zero Build tournament after losing to cheaters

The Zero Build tournaments in Fortnite have been hijacked by cheaters, and streamer SypherPK eagerly wants Epic Games to fix it.

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Fortnite veteran SypherPK has always been vocal about cheaters and stream snipers in the community. The streamer’s latest encounter with hackers in a Zero Build tournament compelled him to quit.

Multiplayer games, especially Battle Royales, have always had trouble with cheaters. Brilliant titles like Apex Legends and Call of Duty Warzone became unplayable owing to the rise of hackers and have lost innumerable players so far.

From the looks of it, there has been a surge of hackers in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 as well following the introduction of Zero Build mode.

Fortnite pros are encountering more hackers than ever in Zero Build tournaments

Fortnite caught a second wind with Zero Build as a ton of new players joined the community. Moreover, big names like Ninja, Dr. Disrespect, and Tfue returned to the game and appreciated the non-sweaty mode.

The developers then hosted Zero Build tournaments that received an overwhelmingly positive response initially. However, hackers have now plagued such tournaments.

Fortnite Zero Build mode artwork
Fortnite players can only rely on their aim, game sense, and movement in Zero Build

SypherPK recently took part in the NA West Zero Build finals and he was well aware of the fact that some teams are abusing aim bot and wall hacks.

Soon after, the streamer reported that hackers eliminated him in the very first game. It is no surprise that this incident led to him quitting the cup. He asked Epic Games to work on a live bans feature or atleast a new anti-cheat system that is dedicated to competitive playlists.

Zero Build mode in Fortnite has helped in exposing cheaters

Previously, Fortnite compelled players to build which significantly increased the skill gap between newcomers and veterans. On one side, there were players with the skill set to make a skyscraper within 30 seconds. On the other end of the spectrum, there were beginners who struggled in every game because the SBMM system rarely matched them with equally skilled/experienced players.

Amidst such issues, we are witnessing the growing use of cheats and devices like the Cronus Zen. This allows cheaters to win more comfortably than ever, but naturally, at the cost of the ruined experience of every player they face.

Until Chapter 3 Season 1, it was harder to track cheaters because mechanics like building and editing were an integral part of the meta.

In contrast, aim and mobility are the deciding factors of a Zero Build game. Accordingly, players can now easily identify cheaters using aim bots and wall hacks.

Countless other players, streamers, and pros have similar opinions on the current state of Fortnite and Epic Games would certainly want to come up with a solution before the Cash Cups commence in Chapter 3 Season 3.

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