As the world’s winningest Fortnite player, Tfue was expected to breeze through qualification in the Winter Royale, a $1 million open tournament, but his attempts on the first day were marred by a hacker.
Before the Winter Royale began, some players voiced concern about having an open tournament with such a huge prize pool played online, where hackers and cheats could prosper.
There was also the risk that players would try to race to earn as many points as possible by deliberately being eliminated or leaving early once they had a few kills, rather than play matches out to the end.
Hackers did indeed show up, even taking out FaZe Clan’s Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney while he streamed to tens of thousands of viewers, and ruining an otherwise good game for Tfue’s qualification hopes.
After being eliminated by the player in question, Tfue’s suspicions were raised, so he headed to the replay mode in Fortnite to confirm his doubts about the player.
He watches in almost expectant disappointment as the player locks onto opponents through cover, pinpointing them through the long grass where they remained concealed.
And Tfue’s frustrations didn’t end there, as later in his session he was taken out by what was almost certainly a ‘stream sniper’, “I don’t know what to do man, I’m being killed by stream snipers and hackers, that’s literally it.”
Viewers suggested that he attempt qualification the next day but off stream, to avoid people hunting him down in game, by watching his POV on Twitch.
Tfue was the most watched Fortnite stream on Twitch on November 24 (with top streamer Ninja playing his qualification matches off stream), so this issue of hacking will no doubt have been brought to Epic Games’ attention.