The FaZe Jarvis situation has been in Fortnite news headlines for four days now, and the community still can’t agree whether his permaban is fair or not.
Turner “Tfue” Tenney was one of the few people yet to voice an opinion on the popular subject, but finally discussed his perspective during a recent Twitch stream. Tfue certainly had some controversial views, and even mentioned that he himself had considered a form of “hacking” in the past.
When asked about his thoughts on Jarvis’ lifetime ban, he started by saying “I mean, he’s an idiot, but a lifetime ban is pretty aggressive”. Straight away you can tell that similarly to Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Ali “SypherPK” Hassan, Tfue thinks that a permanent ban may have been a bit harsh. However, he didn’t offer any idea of what a fairer punishment might have been.
He also seemed to partially blame Epic Games themselves for the incident, accusing them of “allowing cheats” in their game. It’s true that more could probably be done to combat hackers in Fortnite, but surely that doesn’t excuse Jarvis’ actions.
Following on from this, someone in the chat commented that if this happened in another Battle Royale game, such as H1Z1 or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds that Tfue wouldn’t be so lenient. Tfue has a long history in the genre and therefore knows all about the insane amount of cheating that occurs in these other titles. His response touched on how vastly different Fortnite is.
Tfue explained that “Hacking in Fortnite is whatever” and that it’s not the same as H1Z1. He argued that with Fortnite being a free game and having separate lobbies for competitive matches, that it’s not such a big deal. He also mentioned that in other Battle Royale games, aim is all that matters, you can’t build to defend yourself so it’s much worse. Many will disagree with this, feeling that cheating is cheating no matter what and needs to be dealt with accordingly.
Later on in the stream Tfue was asked if he had ever considered cheating in Fortnite himself. Shockingly he said “yes”, but he wasn’t talking about using an aimbot for content. He clarified that this was when the Zone Wars LTM was in-game, saying “I wanted to download cheats to where people couldn’t see my name, so I wouldn’t get clout farmed and stream sniped so easily”. Obviously we can’t be sure what punishment this would have led to, but Tfue clearly realized it’s not worth risking anything like that.
The points made by Tfue about other Battle Royale games and Epic allowing cheating are certainly questionable, but his thinking that Jarvis’ ban is too strict is something that many will agree with. Some members of the community have noticed a pattern of popular streamers siding with Jarvis and accused them of being biased. This is not necessarily the case though as plenty of pros have applauded the developers for enforcing the ban.