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Australian Fortnite star Volx risks missing the FNCS Invitational LAN in November following a recent ban.

A big debate has sparked within the competitive Fortnite community after two players were reportedly caught teaming.

OCE pros Volx and Pumpkin have each received 14-day competitive bans for “colluding” in a Solo Cash Cup last season. A clip surfaced on Twitter shortly after the news broke.

Volx was live streaming the Cash Cup Finals while in a Discord call with Pumpkin. Their paths crossed during one match, with the pair trading shots before Volx disengaged and ran to safety.

The situation may well have played out the same had they not been in a call together, however they did clearly understand who was who.

With these bans often ruling players out of upcoming events, there are now fears that Volx won’t be able to compete at the $1,000,000 FNCS Invitational in Raleigh later this season.

As a triple FNCS Champion, Volx and his duo partner Looter were one of Oceania’s best hopes to shine against other regions at the Invitational.

Many people have come out defending Volx, claiming that other pros get away with worse because they don’t stream. Others argue that there are no excuses for two players in the same game being in a call together when there’s money on the line.

“Every small bit of information that you don’t gain from the gameplay itself should not be able to be used” said Noble Scrims owner Boop, adding “People defending it are crazy to me”.

Back in 2020, Epic released a blog post detailing the rules around collusion. It states that “Sending or receiving signals (both verbal and non-verbal) to communicate with opposing players” is illegal.

So it’s clear that being in a call together isn’t going to end well, but a lot of people still do it. Hopefully this latest ban will serve as a warning that Epic is still taking things very seriously.

We'll have to wait and see whether Volx is allowed to play at the FNCS Invitational, but it doesn't seem likely.

Author Bio

James Peskett

James is a freelance Esports writer from the United Kingdom. He has been playing Fortnite since the release of Battle Royale mode and is especially interested in the competitive scene.

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