Faze member and Fortite content creator Jarvis was permanently banned for purposely using aim-bot software in a YouTube video
The community is still split as to whether the lifetime ban imposed was too harsh. Although most notable players have already put in their two cents, Faze Clan owner Banks opened up about the situation
What Jarvis did was obviously stupid. It was a mistake and the point has been made very clear. Fortnite is a huge part of his life and I just don’t see the punishment (destroying a 17 year old kids life) fitting of the crime. #FreeJarvis— FaZe Banks (@Banks) November 5, 2019
An admission that what Jarvis did was - obviously - stupid, but the heavy handed approach Epic Games took was a mistake. That’s the core of Banks’ argument. He continues to rant, pointing out inconsistencies with Epic’s policies on cheating bans. After Xxif and Ronaldo were caught red handed cheating in the Fortnite Solo World Cup qualifiers, they were punished with a laughable 2 week ban
Cheating for the purpose of winning money, stealing money from other competitors, stealing a spot at WC = 2 weeks— FaZe Banks (@Banks) November 5, 2019
Cheating for the purpose of parody, content, not attempting to hide it whatsoever = lifetime
Cause that makes sense #FreeJarvis
Xxif and Ronaldo later qualified for the Duo World Cup, banking a $50,000 check from the game they attempted to defraud just months earlier. To Banks, the contrast in punishments seems unfair. After all, cheating in a tournament with a $30,000,000 prize pool attached might have had a huge ripple effect on all the other participants
Despite this, Banks’ hot take wasn’t received well. Fortnite analyst and commentator BallaTW made his point clear
”HACKING IS THE WORST THING IN VIDEO GAMES” he would tweet shortly after. The only thing I can think of that is worse is hacking while advertising to millions of impressionable fans. No doubt, a small percentage of his fans will want to be “just like my favorite pro” and follow in his extremely foolish footsteps
The real difference here is that Epic Games is building on a precedent. Unlike Jarvis, Xxif and Ronaldo did not download external hacking software. Epic Games has a track record of severely punishing external hack users; they even sued a 14 year old hack creator in an effort to curb the behaviour
Jarvis has millions of impressionable followers across all media platforms. He’s also days away from his 18th birthday, basically an adult. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that promoting ruining the integrity of the game is basically biting the hand that feeds you. Actually, it’s more like using a hammer to crush the hand that feeds you
In an official Epic Games statement to The Irish Times, “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."
I do not foresee a future where Jarvis is playing Fortnite any time soon - or ever. Epic puts their foot down when needed and this is no different. Don’t feel bad for Jarvis, he’s a teenage millionaire with an active social following. His career has always been content creation which isn’t going away any time soon
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