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Rise Nation drop two pro FortniteBR players who were caught cheating in World Cup qualifiers

Published: 3/May/2019 21:26 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 20:17

by Albert Petrosyan


North American esports organization Rise Nation have released two professional players from their Fortnite Battle Royale roster after they were found guilty of cheating.

The qualifiers for the Fortnite World Cup have already had their fair share of drama, despite the fact that only three out of the ten qualification tournaments have been played.

Easily the most controversy came during the qualifier played April 27-28, which saw Rise Nation pro player Damion ‘XXiF’ C. qualify for the World Cup but also be accused of cheating.

XXiF accused and later found guilty of cheating

Back on April 29, a video was published on Twitter that showed XXiF potentially teaming with other players during the qualifier to try and get free elimination points, a direct violation of Epic Games’ rules.

Despite his denial of any wrongdoing, XXiF was brutalized in the court of public opinion, with a large majority of the competitive community outraged at what they had seen in the clip.

Epic launched their own investigation into the matter, and later concluded that there had enough evidence to implicate XXiF of teaming, which resulted in the player forfeiting his prize money and World Cup qualification.

Although he wasn’t specifically named in Epic’s competitive ruling post on May 3, pretty much everyone knew that XXiF was the player who was handed the 14 day competitive ban.

Rise Nation drop XXiF and Ronaldo

Once the competitive ruling from Epic was posted, it was only a matter of time until Rise Nation would drop XXiF from their competitive Fortnite BR roster.

Interestingly enough, XXiF was not the only player dropped, as Rise decided to cut ties with Ronald ‘Ronaldo’ Mach as well.

“Due to he recent allegations being confirmed by Epic Games, we’ll be releasing XXiF and RonaldoTV from our Rise Fortnite roster,” they tweeted. “We don’t tolerate cheating within our esports organization and hope our fans continue to support us.”

While this may have caught some off guard, Ronaldo had also been under public scrutiny in the days leading up because some had accused him of having teamed with the same players that XXiF was seen teaming with in the third qualifier.

Whether or not Ronaldo was also handed a punishment by Epic remains unclear at this point, but that could very well have been what convinced Rise to drop him as well.

Ronaldo, of course, established quite a name for himself at the Secret Skirmish event in February, placing top-10 in the Solos tournament while winning the Duos competition with Ghost Gaming’s Saf.

Epic GamesRonaldo (left) placed first at the Duos tournament during the Secret Skirmish event, having been paired up with Ghost Gaming’s Saf.

Rise Nation’s competitive overhaul

The two Fortnite BR pros were not the only Rise Nation players to have parted ways with the team, as top Street Fighter V star ‘MenaRD’ also left following the expiration of his contract.

Having won the Capcom Cup in 2017, MenaRD is widely considered to be one of the best FGC players out there, so it came as a shock to many that he was allowed to leave the team in such manner.

However, unlike the situation with XXiF and Ronaldo, MenaRD’s departure was not due to any foul play or cheating, and he expressed high admiration for the org on his way out.


CSGO legend KRIMZ mysteriously VAC banned

Published: 28/Nov/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett


Fnatic and Counter-Strike legend Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been hit with a VAC ban out of the blue, and nobody seems to know why. 

When punishing cheaters in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, and even Rust, Valve rolls out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans that locks down an account – preventing users from playing on another VAC-secured game. 

These bans are, usually, handed out without any warning, and are typically permanent. Though, plenty of players have been able to get them overturned – be it because the ban was wrong in the first place, for example. 

On November 28, CS:GO players and fans alike noticed that Fnatic CS:GO star Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson had his account struck with a VAC ban – and nobody seems to know just why it happened. 

Krimz has played for Fnatic since 2016.

Astralis players Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen and Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz were among the first to tweet about KRIMZ’s VAC ban – with the former chalking it down to a likely mistake. 

After word quickly got around about the ban, KRIMZ himself took to Twitter to ask for help from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers in getting the VAC ban removed from his account – again, hinting at a mistake. 

“It seems that my account got vac banned. @CSGO can you fix this asap pls,” he posted shortly after the VAC ban was handed down, attaching a confused face emoji as well as the praying hands. 

As of writing, Krimz’s account still has a VAC ban attached to it, and there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s cheated or if it’s a mistake. Though, there has been speculation about a possible wave surrounding players who use the esportal to find matches. 

If anything changes, be it the ban gets overturned or Valve makes a statement on the matter, we’ll be sure to update this article.