Ninja became upset after an elimination and reported a player for allegedly stream sniping him.
However, the player in question claimed he did nothing wrong and became worried that he would be banned for no reason, forcing Ninja to publicly apologize.
The incident started after Ninja was eliminated and teammate Dr. Lupo said "watch for the emote." Lupo was apparently referencing a typical reaction of players who emote when they see their spectator count go up.
But when the player did emote, Ninja interpreted that as stream sniping, thinking the emote was because the player heard Dr. Lupo telling him to.
Emoting after an elimination is a common reaction, but Ninja called the player an idiot and immediately reported him for stream sniping.
"Stream sniping" is when someone gains an advantage by watching a streamer's broadcast while playing against them. It is the most common in Battle Royale games, where information on a player's location is crucial.
Ninja said, "I'm going out of my way to get this guy banned." He also pulled out his phone, seemingly going around the in-game reporting system to directly contact someone from Epic.
He did not cool down after reporting the player, instead choosing to call out viewers in the chat who disagreed with him.
The player in question was identified as IcyFive and became nervous that his account would be banned; he tweeted he did nothing wrong, even claiming to have a video that proves it.
@Ninja @DrLupo I will show you that I did not stream snipe. I don't wanna try and gain "clout" from this. But I will upload it if you really think I stream snipped. I emoted cause there were 6 people watching me and I lasered you. I didn't stream snipe you. pic.twitter.com/xPGDSpHpIJ— IcyFive/51L (@51LYouTube) November 11, 2018
"I emoted cause there were 6 people watching me and I lasered you. I didn't stream snipe you," said IcyFive.
Dr. Lupo distanced himself from the incident immediately, saying he did not believe the player was stream sniping and that the emote was an expected reaction when seeing spectators go up after an elim.
When pressured as to why he did not question Ninja's behavior, Dr. Lupo explained himself.
You ever have a friend that goes on a rant? You probably know it'll just make it worse if you try to go against it. Easiest course of action for not creating drama all over the place (worse than it is now) was to just let him blow off steam and move on.— DrLupo (@DrLupo) November 11, 2018
I don't condone it. You just want me to do something that I have no responsibility in doing. It's not my job to police him.— DrLupo (@DrLupo) November 11, 2018
Ninja offered up an apology, saying he was sorry but simultaneously blamed IcyFive for "milking it" and "playing the victim."
Epic will never ban people for no reason even if I say anything.. you assuming they do is naive. Stop playing the victim, you aren't getting banned, I am sorry. Stop milking it.— Ninja (@Ninja) November 11, 2018