The team behind the recent unbanning of Fortnite pro Waffles have now offered their services to FaZe Clan star “Jarvis”.
In November 2019, Jarvis “Jarvis” Khattri received a permanent ban from Fortnite in what quickly became one of the most famous stories in gaming. The apology video in which he broke the news to fans and explained the situation has now amassed more than 18 million views on YouTube.
Known best for his fast-paced controller mechanics, Jarvis was beginning to establish himself in the competitive scene. At the same time, the young gamer was experiencing rapid growth as a content creator under the FaZe Clan umbrella.
Jarvis was banned after posting a video online which showed him using aimbot software in Fortnite. Whilst most people agreed that a ban was justified, the community was split on whether it needed to be permanent.
On the one hand it was clear that Jarvis was strictly acting in the name of content, and not looking for any sort of competitive advantage. He only played public matches and wasn’t trying to hide what he was doing.
However, others argued that the excuse of being young and naïve didn’t cut it. By posting a video to his hugely successful YouTube channel, he was advertising these cheats to potentially millions of impressionable viewers.
if cheaters can aimbot in FNCS Finals then its still #FreeJarvis— 1% Kiwiz (@Kiwiz) August 10, 2020
Following the KonaG scandal during the latest FNCS qualifier, Fortnite Twitter has been almost exclusively discussing cheating this week. So much so that at one point, the hashtag #FreeJarvis started trending again.
This prompted Jarvis himself to join in the fun, simply tweeting “Freeee me”. Gaming focused management agency CarterPulse then responded, saying “Hey shoot us a DM and let’s see if we can help at all”.
The significance here is that, just last week, CarterPulse successfully negotiated the reversal of a competitive ban on Fortnite pro Waffles. Waffles had picked up thousands of Crash Pads spawned using a duplication glitch, although he did not perform the glitch himself.
Whether Jarvis will get in touch with CarterPulse remains to be seen, but it is hard to see what they could do. Jarvis deliberately cheated, and many still feel he deserved the punishment he was given.
The attorneys at CarterPulse would have to pull off a miracle, and hope for some lenience on Epic’s part. There’s no doubt that FaZe Jarvis returning to Fortnite would generate a load of hype for the game, but it would also mean the developers going back on their word.
For now, Jarvis continues to produce regular variety content for YouTube, raking in a ton of views. He certainly hasn’t let his ban stop him, and maybe it has even been a blessing in disguise.