Fortnite pro goes viral on Twitter after being banned for a bug in FNCS

Published: 4/Aug/2020 5:28 Updated: 4/Aug/2020 5:30

by Brad Norton


The latest round of Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) competition ended in disaster for pro player ‘Waffles’ as he encountered a game-breaking glitch and was banned shortly after.

On August 2 Epic Games made the drastic decision to disable motorboats in Fortnite. While some terrain glitches were a big factor, the main reason to shut down an insane exploit. Through a new bug, players were able to use motorboats to duplicate a limitless number of items.

Whether it’s items or ammunition, an endless amount could be generated in the blink of an eye. Obviously, using this exploit in competition would be frowned upon. However, there are also ways for players to accidentally stumble into the bug; beating an enemy and simply looting them could see your inventory overrun with infinite items.

This is exactly what happened to Waffles during a round of FNCS competition on August 1. Not only was he disqualified from the tournament, but his account was also hit with a ban, leading the Fortnite community to erupt on social media in a wave of support for the player.

“Wait my inventory is disappearing,” Waffles said in the middle of a competitive match. An endless supply of Crash Pads rapidly replaced his entire loadout. No matter how many he placed on the ground, the item never seemed to run out. “What am I supposed to do… it just happened.”

Hours later a notification appeared on his screen to inform him of a disqualification. “Disqualified for something that I couldn’t control,” he responded. “Am I supposed to leave the game? That was my last game and I needed it to [qualify].”

This disqualification was then followed up with an outright account ban for 28 days. “Due to recent actions, you’ve been banned from competitive play for: Cheating,” the message read. Despite having no real say in the matter, Waffles was barred from the competition and can no longer play from his primary account.

A string of emails to Epic was then shared online, as support staff tried to explain the situation. “I understand that you had no control,” an employee responded. “But [this] behavior is detected by the ‘AntyCheat’ system that you accepted to add when you downloaded the game. We as a support team are not allowed to remove this type of ban.”

Despite tagging many of the lead devs, the support team was his only line of contact. The situation escalated as “Competitive & Anti-Cheat teams” manually reviewed the issue. The ban was upheld, however, even after the investigation.

“What a sh***y way to end my comp career, thanks for all the good memories,” Waffles said, seemingly done with the pro Fortnite scene. This issue sparked an outpouring of support from fellow pros, and #FreeWaffles even started trending in the United States on August 3.

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The hashtag went viral as the Fortnite community came out in support of Waffles.

The official FNCS Chapter 2 Season 3 rulebook states that “any technical issues or Bug encounters must be played through.” Even though Waffles did just that and played through the duplication bug, his account still remains banned.

Dexerto will update you with any developments regarding Waffles ban, and Epic Games’ stance on it, as more information becomes available.


SypherPK hopes Fortnite traps return in Chapter 6, but with some changes

Published: 10/Jan/2021 0:35

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


SypherPK was once known as the trap king in Fortnite, and although he understands why they were vaulted, he hopes they’ll return in Chapter 6 with some changes.

Traps once played an essential role in Fortnite. They were a creative, innovative, and versatile tool, and before they were nerfed and eventually vaulted, they dealt an absurd amount of damage.

However, it’s hard to find someone who used them better than Ali ‘SypherPK’ Hassan. Formerly known as the trap king, he would find all these incredible and crazy ways to eliminate players using traps.

Still, even though they were his speciality, he understood more than anyone why they needed to be vaulted. However, as Season 5 wears on, Hassan explained that he doesn’t want them gone forever and hopes they’ll return to the game but with some changes.

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Traps used to be everywhere in Fortnite, but they got vaulted back in February 2020.

“I loved using [traps], especially because when a player wants to rush into your box without thinking, you can throw [one] down, and they’ll run into it,” he said. “You’ll get a really easy quick elimination.”

“But it started becoming a problem,” he added. “People would panic and throw a bunch of traps down, and [they] did a lot of damage. Before they got vaulted, they were doing 150 damage.”

“Another problem [was], let’s say you got somebody weak, and they immediately threw down a trap before they died,” he said. “Even though you got the kill, you end up walking into their trap and dying or being severely hurt, and you feel kind of cheated.”

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SypherPK pioneered the infamous ‘trap tower’ in Fortnite.

“So even though it was my all-time favorite weapon… a lot of times, it was just a spam fest,” he said. “Especially once they implemented auto trap placement, which made it very cheesy. Overall it was way too powerful and caused a lot of frustration.”

“I really do hope they eventually come back.  I do miss trapping people. It was one of my favorite things to do in Fortnite. [However], if [they] were to return, [players should need to] place the wall then place the trap. Also, if [they] end up dying, [the] trap should be disabled.

SypherPK knows Fortnite like the back of his hand, which makes him the perfect person to comment on these issues. His ideas on how to make traps less overpowered seem reasonable.

Only time will tell whether Epic Games decides to give them a test run once again. However, it could be an ace up their sleeve and an excellent way to turn the meta upside down if it ever needs it.