Gaming is full of cheaters. It’s just a fact. However, you’d think that an event like the Fortnite World Cup would have players on their best behavior, but no, sadly that is not the case. Epic has banned over 1,200 accounts for cheating during the first, online-only week of the tournament.
Most of those, 1,163, got a two-week ban for bypassing regional restrictions and trying to play in multiple areas. 196 of them had to forfeit prizes that they had won as a result. Another 48 were banned for account sharing and nine of those lost prizes. One got a 72-hour competitive ban for intentionally disconnecting. There were also some more serious allegations.
Eight accounts were banned for teaming, which is making unofficial alliances with their opponents. Only one had to give up their prizes though. There’s also an unnamed person who made it to the semi-finals but was permanently banned after they were caught using cheat software.
The finals don’t take place until July 26th and the second week is just getting underway now with the first round of duos matches. In that light, Epic is hoping that the next wave of players will keep things much cleaner and not cheat. They want to discourage players from cheating altogether.