The 17-year-old Fortnite star has been banned from the game for life on the grounds of cheating. However, the rest of the gaming community seems to be pissed off at the punishment and rather demands mercy.
At the center of the controversy is FaZe’s Jarvis, who is the younger brother of gaming icon FaZe Kay. He has built a great following on Youtube with over 2 million subscribers.
The streamer was under fire for using Aimbots during a recreational game that he streamed on his channel.
He even boasted further that he’d make even more “aimbot” videos if his fans gave him more YouTube likes.
In gaming terms, using “Aimbots” is an illegal and frowned upon hack that autofocuses your weapons on opponents. This makes it so much easier to hit your target and get kills.
In his original clip (which is now deleted), aimbot-using Jarvis brags:
I don’t miss a shot.
It was so much fun filming this. This was definitely one of the best videos I’ve ever filmed.
May sure you leave a like for more aimbot fun and I’ll see you on the next one.
Just an aim of his crosshair means one definite kill. Veteran Fortnite players can just imagine how overpowered (OP) that makes him.
The repercussions for his actions arrived shortly afterwards.
In an emotional video, Jarvis admitted to using the bots. He chokes back tears to reveal the punishment given by the developers themselves.
I’ve been permanently banned from Fortnite for life… This was a huge mistake was completely wrong on my end.
He went on to say he didn’t know the consequences for his actions would be met with such a severe punishment. Jarvis justified that he didn’t cheat during competitive play and if he just knew, he wouldn’t have done it.
The streamer also said he’s completely “emotionally crushed”; not only was he banned from the game, but he’s also now blocked from attending any Fortnite-related events or creating any content related to the titular game.
His fans, as well as his competitors, are rather pissed at this verdict. They all claim how the punishment does not fit the crime.
As to why?
Earlier this year, a duo caught cheating on Fortnite was only suspended for 14 days. To make matters more bizarre, they were still allowed to compete in the $30 million World Cup tourney.
In short, they were not banned for life like Jarvis.
Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite: Battle Royale, was clear on their decision not to cut any slack on Jarvis’ punishment.
Explaining their fair verdict, a representative said:
We have a zero tolerance policy for the usage of cheat software… When people use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly.
There is still light at the end of the tunnel for Jarvis though, since he holds a great track record in other games like Call of Duty and Counter Strike: Global Offensive.