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Benjyfishy raises concerns after Fortnite pros prove teammate is hacking

Published: 31/Jul/2020 13:35 Updated: 31/Jul/2020 13:38

by Joe Craven


Popular pro player Benjamin ‘benjyfishy’ Fish has raised questions over competitive integrity, after a professional Fortnite duo revealed that their teammate had been cheating undetected in recent tournaments. 

As far as the world’s most popular battle royales go – Apex Legends, Warzone and Fortnite – all of them have experienced their fair share of hacking issues.

Fortnite has, many would argue, the most successful record, regularly preventing hacking and boosting from impacting the average online match. However, recent revelations in the pro community have cast doubt on this, as it becomes clear that one player has been cheating in official tournaments – and managed to remain undetected.

Fortnite Chapter 2 gunfight
Epic Games
Many fans would agree Fortnite Chapter 2 has done well to suppress hackers.

On July 31, Team Serenity player Zykoma tweeted to confirm that one of his teammates has indeed been found to be hacking, and had done so in past tournaments.

“So yesterday, Bucktee (part of my trio) found that our third member, bman, was secretly using hacks without our knowledge,” he said. “During Daily Trio Cups and the Bugha cup. I’m posting this to show how easily these hacks are accessible and can go multiple tournaments undetected.”

Attached was a clip of bman’s gameplay, which appears to show that the individual was indeed using cheats to further his performance.

Zykoma also added: “I can’t sit back and watch this happen. Bman is literally about to play in the Bugha Cup Finals because of hacks, and no one would have known.”

He followed this tweet up with a Discord screenshot, which appears to show bman admitting the offences, referring to his actions as a “mistake”.

The tweets quickly garnered significant attention, as portions of the Fortnite community condemned bman’s actions and called for Epic to do more.

Among these players was Benjyfishy, NRG Fortnite pro and prominent Twitch streamer. He said: “I guess this means there probably is some pros cheating without anyone knowing.”

While some suggested Benjy is assuming the worst case scenario, the very fact that bman was able to compete in tournaments with hundreds of thousands of viewers and remain undetected means that there could well be others using similar exploits.

Epic Games are yet to comment publicly on the accusations but have been known to hand out temporary suspensions for similar offences.


FaZe Clan announce top 20 finalists for FaZe5 & what’s coming next

Published: 29/Nov/2020 19:47 Updated: 29/Nov/2020 22:28

by Albert Petrosyan


The search for the next batch of FaZe 5 winners has dwindled down to just 20 finalists, who were unveiled by FaZe Clan on November 29 along with what’s happening next in the process.

Due to its rarity and prestige, FaZe5 always draws a lot of interest as it gives those aspiring to make a career out of gaming a chance to join the world’s biggest esports organization.

Tens of thousands of fans submitted tons of content during the competition’s open entry period, but only 100 survived the first cut when it was announced back on October 23.

Now, that list has been slashed again, down to just 20 – and all of the details for it can be found below:

FaZe 5 top-20 finalists

  • Proze – 22 years old
  • HunterTV – 20
  • Conrady – 20
  • Zenon – 9
  • Lough – 14
  • Zogoro – 22
  • Cannaestia – 35
  • K1ng – 14
  • Montoya Twinz – 20
  • Scope – 21
  • RowdyRogan – 6
  • Flea – 22
  • Faxuty – 22
  • NioRooch – 20
  • Virus – 22
  • Grant the Goat – 17
  • Milliam – 15
  • Stevie – 19
  • Cufboys – 22
  • Absorber – 17

How was the top-20 determined?

There are obviously a lot of factors that go into deciding who gets to move onto the next phase of FaZe5, including in-game skill, mastery of craft, ability to entertain, and wow-factor.

Following the top-100 announcement, those who advanced were given specific challenges to complete, including things like sending in something different than the original submission and making a ‘day in the life’ video.

They were also required to put forth an example of how they’d promote G FUEL, since all five winners will receive a sponsorship with the brand. That was followed by a collaborative challenge, one that paired up similar participants and required them to submit a single piece of content featuring them both in some way.

FaZe Clan Nissan partnership for FaZe 5
Nissan USA
Due to their partnership with Nissan, FaZe Clan are giving one FaZe5 winner a Kicks SUV!

What’s next in FaZe 5?

Now that the top-20 has been announced, the next step is for them to complete another series of challenges in order to help the org decide who will be crowned a winner.

As things stand, there will not be another in-between cutoff from now until the winners get revealed, so whatever these 20 finalists get asked to do will hold a lot of weight in determining who survives the final stage.

Here’s a reminder of what’s on the line:

  • Nissan Kicks SUV (only for first-place)
  • $20,000 signing bonus
  • G FUEL endorsement contract for 3-6 months

FaZe have not yet announced when the five victors will be unveiled, but if they follow the previous FaZe5, there will be an individual video released for each winner – one per day until all five are made public.