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Competitive Fortnite players ‘banned’ for cheating during World Cup Qualifer can still qualify

Published: 3/May/2019 16:18 Updated: 3/May/2019 16:49

by David Purcell


Epic Games have temporarily banned a number of Fortnite Battle Royale players after concluding that they had been cheating, with one achieving Fortnite World Cup Qualification as a result, but some members of the competitive community believe their sanctions aren’t good enough. 

The game developer revealed the news via an official announcement on May 3, where they claimed that a group of players had intentionally attempted to undermine the Week 3 Fortnite World Cup Online Open competition on April 28. 

Each of the players involved has been hit with a 14-day competitive ban from the game and won’t be able to access any prizes from Week 3, due to the results of Epic’s internal investigation – the results of which can be found below.  

The Fortnite World Cup has a prize pool of $30 million.

With a $30 million prize pool up for grabs at the Fortnite World Cup event, Epic have had to act fast to ensure that the players involved weren’t able to benefit from the games in which they had cheated. 

The Rise Nation’s XXiF was one of those who were banned by the developer, after fellow competitive player RBK HighSky showcased a video of the gamer in question teaming, or colluding, during the qualifier match. He tweeted the following clip on April 29, just a day after the match took place. 

Despite the ban, other members of the game’s competitive community – such as Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan from Luminosity Gaming – have identified a potential future issue with the short-term ban the players have received. 

With the players banned for just 14 days, they could potentially return for Week 6’s Online Opens – which is set to take place between May 18-19 – and qualify for the competition a second time. 

In a post to Twitter, the popular streamer echoed his concerns about the cheaters potentially coming back and doing the same thing to qualify for the World Cup after the ban has been lifted. 

Sypher is not the only professional player to have weighed in on the situation, though, as esports consultant Rod Breslau also branded it a “weak” response from the developer, considering they could potentially still qualify for such a lucrative event. 

FaZe Clan’s Nate Hill – who was banned by Epic Games for cheating in the 2018 Fortnite Fall Skirmish – was pressing for this group of cheaters to be prevented from playing competitive Fortnite even before the bans were announced. 

“Now there’s a guy (Xxif) and friends who have blatantly colluded, stole thousands of dollars, lied about it, ruined any integrity in online quals and encouraged others to team and cheat,” Hill tweeted on May 2. 

Whether or not the cheating players will be able to qualify for the Fortnite World Cup in a few weeks time remains to be seen, but Epic Games’ announcement has certainly caused some ambiguity among the competitive community. 


Fortnite Galactus skin leaked ahead of Season 4 finale event

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:12

by Theo Salaun


Just days ahead of Fortnite’s Galactus live event on December 1, data-miners have leaked a highly anticipated Galactus skin without spoiling event details. 

Galactus, the “Devourer of Worlds,” has been approaching Fortnite’s island and his unavoidable arrival is finally nigh. In a one-time-only, live Season 4 “Nexus War” finale on December 1, Marvel’s world-eater and Epic Games’ player base will collide. 

While fans currently know that the gigantic, cosmic entity is making his way to the Island and that something will be happening on the aforementioned date at 4 p.m. ET, few details are available.

Fortunately for impatient aficionados of the battle royale, dataminers have leaked a Galactus skin that should be coming to the game’s shop with a bundle at some point.

Fortnite Galactus skin leaked

galactus skin fortnite
Twitter, @ximton
The Galactus skin doesn’t seem massive, but it’s definitely spooky.

While it’s unclear exactly how similar this skin will be to the teased images of a gargantuan, shadowy Galactus shared by Epic themselves, the skin most certainly presents an imposing figure. 

Dressed in glistening jet black and red, the skin features regal, villainous armor bookended by chunky boots and a massive helmet. Eagle-eyed fans might even notice a particularly smug smile sitting across the infamous villain’s purple face.

It remains uncertain if this skin will be available for purchase and, if so, when it will be. But leakers like ‘ximton’ have discovered files indicating it could be part of a bundle. Still, in order to save fans from leaks, dataminers have remained largely quiet about specific event details.

Fortnite Galactus event – what we know so far

A variety of leaks have already surfaced, showing a gigantic Galactus and teasing the possibilities of a major battle between Marvel’s heroes and the cosmic world-eater. But Epic Games have tried to keep things on the low, only confirming that “the fate of all Reality lies in the balance.”

As mentioned earlier, the finale event begins on Tuesday, December 1 at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT, 9 p.m. GMT) and its exact duration is unknown. Epic have advised players to download the latest update (14.60) and Houseparty (which is integrated with Fortnite to allow for live video chat).

For all leaks, details, and news about the event, follow along with our dedicated Galactus info hub.