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FIFA pro Kurt0411 hits back after being banned for spitting on EA logo

Published: 2/Nov/2019 11:22 Updated: 23/Apr/2020 16:11

by Joe Craven

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Professional FIFA player Kurt ‘Kurt0411’ Fenech has hit back at EA following their decision to ban him from all FIFA 20 tournaments, after a clip surfaced of him insulting the company and spitting on their logo.

Followers of the competitive FIFA community will probably know of Kurt0411; an inherently talented individual, with a passion and temper that shines through, sometimes too strongly.

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Fenech has been on the receiving end of bans from EA in the past, being suspended for two months in October 2018. He was again banned in March 2019, and received a ‘Final Warning’ for frequent infringements of EA’s Code of Conduct.

EA SportsKurt has been a well-known FIFA pro for a number of years.

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However, it appears Fenech failed to register these regular warnings from EA. A couple of clips surfaced over the course of October – first on 10th and then on the 19th – which show the Malta-born pro being verbally abusive towards EA and its members of staff.

In one clip, he can be seen spitting on an EA logo, after vocalizing his anger towards the latest FIFA installment.

In the clip, Kurt equalizes late on against an opponent, which causes him to launch into an expletive-filled rant.

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“Son of a b*tch,” he says. ”You can’t beat me, even on this piece of trash game. F**k you EA.” He then picks up a scarf with an EA logo on it and spits on it.

The clip was tweeted out on November 1 by ‘DrJarba’. This prompted Kurt to respond on Twitter, stating that the 50-second clip is “better than your whole streaming career”.

Following the clips surfacing, EA released a statement confirming that Kurt has been banned from all future FIFA 20 competitions.

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The clips are described as “vulgar” by EA, who also state that Fenech’s behavior goes “beyond acceptable “smack talk” as the consistent harassment targeting fellow competitors, EA employees and a previous on air-talent during the live broadcast, are unacceptable.”

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EA’s statement in full.

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Following the announcement of the ban, Kurt responded on Twitter to convey his “shock” at EA’s decision.

“The only way for me to not get banned was to not make any videos and to never stream again,” he said. “I’m a pretty emotional guy, I will say the first thing that comes to my mind and in today’s world that is deemed a crime.”

He also hardens his stance against FIFA and states that EA “should be ashamed of the product you put out.”

He concludes his response by stating that: “I have no idea what’s going to happen moving forward, all I know is this “esport” has officially died.”

It remains unclear what Fenech will do in the future, but EA are not giving any further ‘warnings’ for his infringements of the community’s Code of Conduct.

There was a mixed response on social media, with some arguing that EA are failing to allow players to express their opinions fully, while others condemned his actions and sided with the developers for banning him.

Regardless of the community’s response, it seems impossible to imagine we’ll see Fenech competing until at least FIFA 21.

Fortnite

How to watch Fortnite FNCS Season 4: Stream, schedule, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 10:56 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 11:04

by Andrew Amos

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The Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) is back for Chapter 2 Season 4, with a return to the beloved Trios format that fans have been clamoring to see make a return. With the action kicking off on October 9, here’s everything you need to know to make sure you catch all of the action.

FNCS is making its return to trios in Season 4 for the first time since the inaugural Season X event. While it’s been a pretty poorly kept secret, there are some changes to the format from when it last appeared in August 2019.

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With qualifiers now completed, we’re heading into the main stage of the FNCS Season 4 event, with a full month of competitive Fortnite on the way featuring some of the biggest names in the game competing for their cut of the prize money.

FNCS Season 4 format

FNCS Season 4 returns to the Trios format that has been used in the past, and is arguably the most popular competitive format in the tournament’s history, with past events filled with massive plays and huge battles that make for the ultimate Fortnite viewing experience.

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As always, FNCS runs on a points-based scoring system, with your final placement in matches contributing to your overall score at the end of the weekend. Those who manage to win a game will receive 25 points as their reward, with the values decreasing incrementally down to 17th place, with anyone finishing below that scoring nothing. There are points for finding eliminations though, so players will be on the lookout for enemies to wipe out and add to their tally.

FNCS scoring system

  • Victory Royale: 25 Points
  • 2nd: 20 Points
  • 3rd: 16 Points
  • 4th: 14 Points
  • 5th: 13 Points
  • 6th: 12 Points
  • 7th: 11 Points
  • 8th: 10 Points
  • 9th: 9 Points
  • 10th: 8 Points
  • 11th: 7 Points
  • 12th: 6 Points
  • 13th: 5 Points
  • 14th 4 Points
  • 15th: 3 Points
  • 16th: 2 Points
  • 17th: 1 Point
  • Each Elimination: 1 Point

FNCS will be running in all the same regions it has been for the last few seasons: NA-West, NA-East, South American, EU, Middle East, Asia, and OCE, with the competition running on PC and consoles.

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FNCS Season 4 will feature three weeks of qualifiers, with the top 15 teams from each week qualifying for the Grand Finals, who will be joined by the 87 teams with the highest cumulative points over the three qualifying rounds, with up to 132 teams competing in the Grand Finals on October 29.

FNCS stream

As always, Epic Games will be hosting their own broadcast for the FNCS Season 4 events, complete with commentary and analysis to make sure you catch all the action as it happens. You can check out the official Fortnite FNCS stream on their official Twitch channel, which has been embedded below.

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FNCS Season 4 dates

FNCS Season 4 will run across four weeks ⁠— three weeks of qualifiers, and one week for finals. If you want to sign yourself up, these are the dates you need to know.

  • FNCS Week 1: October 9 – October 11
  • FNCS Week 2: October 16 – October 18
  • FNCS Week 3: October 23 – October 25
  • FNCS Finals: October 29 – November 1

The first day of each week will be an open qualifier. If you make the top 33 teams, you’ll be invited to play in the next two days for a chance to make it to the Finals.

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FNCS isn’t the only competition coming to Fortnite Season 4. Weekly Cash Cups for Solos and Trios will be returning, while the Dreamhack Online Open (Solo) will also take place across NA and Europe.

With players set to earn up to $111,000 for winning the whole tournament, you can rest assured that there will be plenty of action when the action kicks off.

Who is competing in FNCS Season 4?

While each of the FNCS Qualifying Heats are open to any player who has reached the Champion League divisions in Arena or higher, we know some of the big names who will be competing in the tournament, and their teammates for the event. You can take a look at a selection of the confirmed FNCS Trios below.

  • Bugha, Avery, and Jamper
  • Vivid, Co1azo, and RoLLer
  • Clix, Bizzle, and illest
  • Cizlucky, LazarP, and Owl
  • Scoped, Highsky, and Tuxey
  • Chap, Coop, and Skqttles
  • Riversan, Dubs, and Megga
  • Zayt, Saf, and Stretch
  • Benjyfishy, Savage, and LeTsHe
  • Mongraal, mitr0, and Tayson