As Fortnite's competitive landscape continues to grow, players also continue to look for new ways to take advantage of the game.
However, four players took things a little too far over the weekend, according to Epic Games. The publisher issued a 60-day ban on Kreo, Bucke, Slackes and Keys, after the four professional players were caught conspiring during the Week 1 competition in the Fortnite Champion Series.
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Many were surprised by the scandal, including Tyler "Ninja" Blevins. Given its long association with gambling, Ninja took the opportunity to discuss the current competitive landscape of the game, noting his disappointment with the players for trying to gain an unfair advantage, while also discussing Epic's treatment of what happened.
In the competition, players would land in the Gigantic Swamp area, shooting each other to win free Storm Surge tags, without chasing the kill. Then, the players would heal. Essentially, the four were protecting themselves against the damage caused by the storm, which damages and eliminates players. Several Fortnite professionals noted the actions and asked Epic to take action.
During a live, Ninja brought the younger age of many Fortnite players to the fore, and how it shaped the competitive landscape. The streamer did not use this as an excuse for the actions of Kreo, Bucke, Slackes and Keys, however.
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In fact, the famous player seemed to suggest that the punishment did not go far enough, citing Epic's ban on FaZe Jarvis. The developer granted Jarvis a lifetime ban on the competitive for using an aimbot during an online match.
Ninja noted that Jarvis' actions took place in a game for fun, while Kreo, Bucke, Slackes and Keys did this during a competition in which money was at stake.
Ninja's opinion has a little weight when it comes to Fortnite, so it's interesting to hear him speak a little negatively about the younger age of so many players.