Fortnite: Battle Royale players have been attempting to create a solid ‘Ranked Mode’ format ever since the game was released.
Especially since Epic Games revealed that they will be giving $100 million in prize money between 2018 and 2019 for various tournaments, community members have constantly debated the competitive side of the game and how it should be played.
While tournaments are held almost every weekend, some have requested that Epic Games add a ‘Ranked Mode’ where players can go up against those with a similar or equal skill-level based on a variety of factors.
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Krashy, a Fortnite YouTuber, created a system where players would earn points in a Ranked Mode that would not rely too heavily on any one category but would be a collection of different in-game actions.
The system would ‘leave a lot of room’ for players to compete in a way which suits their playstyle, rather than adhere to a strict method.
Fortnite World Cup champion and Season 4 FNCS competitor, David ‘aqua’ Wang has been accused of stream-sniping and subsequently been punished by an alleged ban by Epic Games.
At 17 years old, aqua represented his home country of Austria to the fullest by winning the 2019 Fortnite World Cup’s Duos event with Norway’s Emil ‘Nyhrox’ Bergquist. With a smooth $1.5 million earned from the World Cup, he’s since signed with Cooler Esport and continued to win competitions across Europe.
Most recently, aqua’s trio (with Rezon and Noahreyli) have been participating in FNCS Europe and, following the Week 3 semis, have been accused of stream-sniping another popular trio: Benjy ‘Benjyfishy’ Fish, Martin ‘MrSavage’ Andersen, and Kevin ‘LeTsHe’ Fedjuschkin.
Although fans initially deemed aqua’s behavior suspicious, things quickly escalated. With Benjyfishy’s team unable to qualify for the Week 3 finals and the discovery that aqua was watching MrSavage’s stream during the competition, the controversy has spiraled.
A screenshot of MrSavage’s Twitch stream showing that aqua was watching during the event.
Following condemnations of the World Cup winner’s team, rumors began circulating that aqua, Rezon, and Noahreyli had been banned by Epic Games from participating past the first match of the Finals.
After the rumor mill buzzed with the reports that aqua’s team was banned from competing, he took to Twitter and gave a concise clarification denying those allegations: “We are not banned, we just don’t wanna play. It’s boring without early fighting Benjy.”
Given the difficulty inherent to confirming someone was in fact stream-sniping and didn’t coincidentally run into a fellow streamer, many believe it is unlikely that the World Cup winner has actually been exiled from the competition.
Additionally, some have noted that bans typically result in removal from the leaderboard, something that aqua’s team has not been hit with.
Don't think that is true tbh… Like every time players got the ingame ban they got removed from the leaderboard insta! Aqua and them are still on the leaderboard… My guess is that they got told not to play this finals by epic, so they still can play Heats pic.twitter.com/fCdX13OmGj
As for how the players are handling it, aqua and Benjyfishy have simply joked about the incident for hours. Neither side appears to be nearly as angry as some fans have been, instead, laughing at the drama and sharing memes.
While whatever’s going on behind the scenes may remain unclear, all players involved are more than good enough to qualify for the Season 4 FNCS Finals at some point, if they haven’t already, so it seems that no one’s really that bothered by the situation, ban or no ban.
We will continue to update this article with more details as they become available.