100 Thieves streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff hosted his 3rd consecutive Saturday subscriber tournament on Fortnite Battle Royale, but during the June 9th event, one player was caught using a keyboard in the PlayStation 4 tournament.
The subscriber had made it all the way to the finals of the event before being forced to stream with a hand cam that led to overwhelming evidence of keyboarding.
The subscriber-only event featured a $5,000 prize pool and followed a 1v1v1 kill based format similar to KEEMSTAR’s Friday Fortnite Tournaments.
Unfortunately for the player involved this meant he lost out on the $700 prize he would have gotten for third place and instead he was awarded a one week ban from Checkmate Gaming, the site that hosted the tournament.
Early accusations had come up in previous rounds, but Nick came to the subscriber's defense several times before finally making the player prove they were playing with a controller.
Though the player in question declined to explain his actions when Nick gave him a chance, he took to Twitter to express his feelings on the matter.
CMG bans me from their site for keyboarding when in their rules they said keyboarding is allowed . CMG just dickrides the people that can make them bigger.— CJ (@CoreyJUMPMAN) June 10, 2018
Team Kaliber streamer, Xposed, also weighed in on the matter, coming to the defense of the player and accusing CMG of not applying their rules fairly.
Just so you know @CMG_eSports if you decide to ban Corey for keyboarding I'll be exposing the Live Support messages where YOU guys told me XIM and Keyboards are allowed. I do understand if Nick has different rules, he should then be never allowed to play in HIS Tourney again.— Xposed tK (@Xposedlive) June 10, 2018
On stream, NICKMERCS displayed a portion of the evidence to his viewers, showing Twitter messages in which the player himself admits and is boastful about using a keyboard.
The official rule on the site hosting the tournament, CMG, explains that the use of a keyboard is permitted on Fortnite, "as the game itself allows use of it".
NICKMERCS has been outspoken about the idea of using a keyboard an mouse on a console for years, saying it makes sense for players to make the jump over to PC rather than have an advantage over controller-using players.