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Fortnite hacker makes FNCS Finals to showcase “terrible” anti-cheat

Published: 10/Aug/2020 4:25 Updated: 10/Aug/2020 4:53

by Andrew Amos

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A Fortnite cheater made a statement during the FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 solos qualifiers ⁠— qualifying for the FNCS qualifier finals while hacking to showcase just how “terrible” the game’s anti-cheat is.

Cheating is a problem that continues to plague Fortnite. In the casual game, you’ll run into your fair share of hackers beaming you from across the map with inhuman aim.

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On the pro side of things, it’s not as common. While it’s usually teaming that gets players in trouble, sometimes Epic’s anti-cheat lets proper aimbotters and wall-hackers slip through the cracks.

However, one player made a statement by exploiting the system to grind their way to the top. NA-West player Kona turned on the cheats for the final FNCS Solos qualifier, and made it count.

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Kona made their cheating as blatant as possible. They used an aimbot, which caught the eyes of streamers wondering who the new hotshot was. However, more egregious than that, they streamed themselves doing so on Twitch.

They had the cheat client open throughout the qualifiers, showing off how they did it. Kona didn’t deny it when pressed, even stating in their stream title they were “sacrificing account to show how bad the anti-cheat is.”

Kona did end up placing high enough to make the FNCS qualifier finals and have a chance of making the heats, however has since been disqualified. They have been banned from Fortnite as well, although it’s unclear how long the suspension is for.

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Kona claims that they cheated to prove how terrible Fortnite’s Easy Anti-Cheat is. “For real though, the anti-cheat in this game is so terrible to the point where someone can get to finals. I hope people learn from this,” they tweeted.

They did make a Twitlonger just before that though, where they made a remark about how “new players can never do good.” It appears that the statement was made tongue-in-cheek though.

“It’s so stupid how new players can never do good,” Kona said in the earlier Twitlonger. “I pop off one tourney because I realize I’m sh*t with charge [shotgun] and I get accused. Epic Games will clear it up, don’t worry.”

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Kona has been dropped by their organization, Deny, after the cheating accusations came to light. Regardless of the circumstances, Deny stated they “do not stand for cheating in any form.”

“Due to evidence brought to light by a great community, we have cut all ties with Kona. We were not told of any prior accusations before today. We do not stand for cheating in any form,” Deny told fans on Twitter.

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Dexerto has reached out to Kona for comment, but they did not reply by time of publishing.

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Chipotle Challenger Series 2020: streams, teams, format, more

Published: 1/Oct/2020 17:00 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:25

by Calum Patterson

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The Chipotle Challenger Series is back, this time returning to Fortnite Battle Royale, as players and a star-studded list of influencers go head-to-head on October 1.

Both of the previous events in the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series were won by surprise teams, as unexpected players made it all the way through the qualifiers to take home the winner’s prize and a year’s worth of free burritos in the finale. 

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Now, the competition returns, moving from Warzone back to Fortnite, the original stomping grounds of the Chipotle Challenger Series.

How to watch the Fortnite Chipotle Challenger Series

With qualifiers out of the way and the teams locked-in, only the Chipotle Challenger Series finale remains for viewers to watch. The finale takes place on Thursday, October 1 at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm BST on Chipotle’s Twitch channel.

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We’ve embedded the stream here so you can keep up with all the action from your favorite Fortnite content creators, sports stars and celebrities, and find out who wins the tournament and makes the lion share of the $50,000 prize pool.

Who’s playing?

As well as the qualified teams, there is another stacked lineup of celebrities, streamers, and YouTubers taking part in the tournament. Here are some of the biggest names:

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Streamers
  • CourageJD
  • Bugha
  • Myth
  • Aydan
  • Ewok
  • FRESH
  • NickEh30
  • Mongraal
  • Stable Ronaldo
  • MrSavage
  • Arkhram
  • Rehx
  • Ceice
  • Falconer
  • EmadGG

Other

  • Soccer phenom Christian Pulisic
  • Hoopster Josh Hart
  • Top hoops draft picks Cole Anthony, Obi Toppin, and Tre  Jones
  • DJ Deacon Phillippe

Format

Qualifiers

In the Chipotle Challenger Series Fortnite event, there will be four qualifiers for teams of three to try to get through. Teams will score one point for each elimination they earn.

There will be four total qualifiers for the tournament. Each qualifier:

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  • Will allow up to 1000 trio teams
  • Will have private lobbies for a 3-hour play window
  • Will have a Ladder system that allows registrants to play for the totality of the 3-hour window

Finale

Qualifying teams will have the chance to go head to head in a private lobby of 33 trio teams with streaming superstars, celebrities and athletes. Again, it will be played in a private lobby, which will include:

  • The top four teams from each qualifying round
  • 17 teams of invited talent
  • A 5-game series

Chipotle Challenger Series Prize Pool

A total of $50,000 in prize money will be presented to winners of the Fortnite event. But, that’s not all – as with previous events, the winners will also secure themselves free burritos for a year!

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  • 1st: $30,000
  • 2nd: $15,000
  • 3rd: $5,000

Previous Chipotle Challenger Series results

Here’s a look back at how previous events in the Chipotle Challenger series have finished.

Chipotle Warzone Challenge #1 – April 30

Here are the top-10 placing teams for the first Chipotle Challenger Series event. The winners, a surprise team, actually had to go through the qualifier stages to make it to the main event.

Full results & tournament recap

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Chipotle Warzone Challenge #2 – July 16

As with the first Challengers Series tournament, the second event on July 16 also featured a relatively unknown pair of Warzone players top the star-studded list of participants, taking home $25,000 and a year’s worth of burritos.

Full results, highlights & recap

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What is the Chipotle Challenger Series?

The Chipotle Challenger Series first launched last year at DreamHack in Dallas, TX and is now virtual for 2020 with an online tournament that gives every fan across the U.S. and Canada the opportunity to join the competition and prove their skills in some of the world’s most popular games.

A live-broadcasted Finale is held, featuring the top-performing teams from the Qualifiers up against the streamers and celebrities.

These teams have the opportunity to go head-to-head against fan-favorites in esports as well as Chipotle-fan gamers in sports, music, and entertainment.

Some of the big names that took part in the first tournament of the 2020 Chipotle Challenger Series included award-winning DJ Steve Aoki, actors Finn Wolfhard, Jerry Ferrara, Colton Underwood, and Cameron Fuller, esports players Tommey, Rallied, Shane ‘ShAnE’ McKerral, and Crowder, streamers ItzWarsz, Symfuhny, Di3seL, TSM Diego, and HusKerrs, YouTuber FaZe Swagg, baseball players Joc Pederson, Cody Bellinger, and Joey Gallo, DJ-Gamer CRAY, USA Hockey’s Hilary Knight, elite basketball prospects James Wiseman, R.J. Hampton, and Tre Jones, U.S. Soccer’s Allie Long, and athlete Demi Bagby.

Chipotle and esports

This is far from Chipotle’s first foray into the world of esports. In 2017 the company made headlines as one of OpTic Gaming’s main sponsors and the Chipotle logo was on proud display when the organization’s Call of Duty roster took home the trophy at the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship.

The Challenger Series first kicked off at DreamHack Dallas, where players duked it out on PUBG, before moving to Fortnite for the second event at DreamHack Atlanta.

In 2018 Chipotle became a title sponsor of Team SoloMid’s competitive Fortnite roster, specifically the TSM Fortnite house in California. This has led to various collaborations, including one of the world’s most recognized streamers, Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani, creating his own burrito inside a Chipotle store.

 

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