It appears that Epic Games is starting to ramp up its effort to crack down on Fortnite users who do not follow the rules.
On August 22, numerous users, most of them data mining accounts, began reporting on social media that their account had been disabled.
When trying to logon to Fortnite, these banned users were met with a notice that explained that their account had been disabled due to one of three reasons.
Your account has been disabled. Accounts are disabled for one of the following reasons:
- The account owner requested the account be disabled
- The account has been banned for misconduct in one of our games
It appears that the main targets of this ban wave are data miners who leak Fortnite content through various methods.
One account that has been subjected to a ban is that of 'FNBRLeaks,' a popular and trusted source of Fortnite news and updates on Twitter.
It is not yet clear what kind of effect this new wave of bans from Epic Games will have on the data mining community, which has become very prominent over the past several months.
It is now normal procedure for data miners to go through new game files after every major update and leak new cosmetic items, game modes, in-game weapons and items, and more, sometimes even weeks ahead of when they were schedule to be released.
However, judging by FNBRLeaks' tweet, they, and likely other major data miners, have some back-up plan in place in preparation of something like this happening.