Epic Games’ esports ventures in the form of the Fortnite World Cup haven’t had the best of times recently. The developer kicked off its $100M 2019 esports circuit this April and already it’s running into rampant cheating each week, which in turn compromises the integrity of the circuit.
This has been going on for some time now. After week 1, Epic Games banned more than 1,200 players — including 196 prize winners — and issued them 14-day bans for the most part. The week before, professional Fortnite player Jonathan “JonnyK” Kosmala of Team Kaliber was also proven a cheater through a YouTube video, showing chatlogs of JonnyK trying to purchase ESP cheats from a cheat seller. Team Kaliber immediately released the player following the incident.
Then, there’s been the reports of Epic Games still owing more than $187,000 AUD to prize earners from the Australian Open tournament, which happened four months ago in January. The company also recently commented on their philosophy on balancing esports integrity and freshness of content in a lengthy post.
But it’s clear that the Fortnite World Cup will continue to have problems, as another Fortnite pro player — Rise Nation’s Damion “XXiF” C. — has been accused of teaming.
Teaming — or in other words partnering with other players in solo games for any purpose — is a bannable offense, and there’s a lot in this clip that suggests XXiF might be guilty of it. HighSky argues that the passive, low-skill behavior of his opponents, especially that of Wuji — a player who’s achieved high places in previous Fortnite competitions — is definitely unusual.
“Some really good piece for XXiF, two insanely talented players are not in the running any more […] full shield mats. I definitely think it’s a coincidence…,” HighSky says.
If Epic’s investigation proves that XXiF is guilty, it would lead to him losing his World Cup Finals spot. XXiF qualified for the $30M solo event by placing second in the North America East, Week 3 qualifiers, just behind FaZe Clan’s Turner “Tfue” Tenney.
In follow-up tweets, HighSky shows the same player involved in XXiF’s alleged teaming, Gestyy, “give a free kill” to Ronald “Ronaldo” Mach, another Rise Nation player and teammate of XXiF.
VPEsports has reached out to Rise Nation’s esports management for comment.