Ninja has something to say for all you Fortnite cheaters out there: enough!
The Fortnite pro and renowned streamer didn’t hold back from expressing his disappointment with the increased cheating in the game’s competitive scene.
He even weighed in on the decision brought by Epic Games to ban duo players Slackes and Keys and Kreo and Bucke from Fortnite for 60 days following evidence of cheating.
Ninja firmly believes these competitive players have the skills to dominate their matches, thus he was surprised to know they would do such a thing:
“Because so are these kids [talented], and I’m disappointed, man. I’m disappointed in so many of these kids that are trying to cheat, man, when they don’t need to.”
As a competitive player himself, he also dropped a comment on the case of Fortnite player FaZe Jarvis.
Around November of last year, Jarvis was handed a lifetime ban from Fortnite for using an aimbot during non-competitive games for the sake of content.
“Jarvis cheats in an online, regular game for no money – gets a full-time ban. Players get caught cheating in a tournament for money and they get banned for sixty days.”
The difference of the punishments are clear. In fact, this has prompted many to wonder why the professional players who are competing with money at stakes are given light punishments compared to Jarvis, who is a casual gamer.
Not the first time
For Epic Games, this is not the first time they’ve dealt with concrete cheating in competitive plays in a rather lighthearted way.
Last year, they banned players caught cheating in a Fortnite World Cup Online Open qualifier for two weeks. They were still allowed to compete afterwards.
Ninja, like many other Fortnite pro players, have the right to feel disappointed with Epic Games’ decisions.
It’s completely ridiculous to allow proven cheaters to join a competition shortly again.
This may only bring more larger discussions and controversies in the future, especially if Epic Games continues to treat banning in a different manner than they are supposed to.
Epic rant turned meme
On a similar note, perhaps it’s because of his agitation towards cheaters that he dropped a full-blown rant on Twitter.
The phrase “it’s just a game” is such a weak mindset. You are ok with what happened, losing, imperfection of a craft. When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.
There’s always something to learn, and always room for improvement, never settle.
— Ninja (@Ninja) February 18, 2020
“The phrase “it’s just a game” is such a weak mindset. You are ok with what happened, losing, imperfection of a craft. When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.
There’s always something to learn, and always room for improvement, never settle.”
His statements got fans divided though.
Although Ninja may have valid points and good intentions, it didn’t stop internet trolls from copy-pasting his statements and taking it out of context.
Even Youtube superstar Pewdiepie began quoting Ninja’s iconic statement in one of his LWIAY episodes.
Memes aside, Ninja’s words serve as a reminder to everyone to keep the competitive spirit alive and burning. May we never settle for losses in our plays!