Epic Slaps Cheating Fortnite Player With Lifetime Ban

By Ben Hamill - November 07 2019

Its obvious now that hell hath no fury like Epic Games scorned. Jarvis Kaye (17) discovered the hard way that cheating at Fortnite is equal to the unpardonable sin in the eyes of the game’s developer, and so much so that though harsh and even bordering on the extreme, a lifetime ban from the game is considered a due and acceptable punishment.

But what crime justifies a lifetime ban from Fortnite? Kanye had apparently made use of a cheat referred to as aimbot software. What the software essentially does is to help the user / player to kill targets and opponents without necessarily being on par in the aim-and-shoot department. And if it all seems like a bit of harmless innocent fooling around with an advantage, then think again, because this is serious business and not a game after all.

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Pleas Fall On Deaf Epic Ears

Not that the 17-year-old did at any point following Epic Gaming’s announcement give the impression that he considered the ban to be a joke. In fact, so perturbed was Kaye by Epic’s decision, that he literally pleaded with the developer not to impose the ban. Kaye had obviously hoped to communicate his sudden disillusion with the situation by appealing to the emotions of the powers that be in camp Epic, but even a heartfelt and tearful video proved ineffective at crossing the icy-heart Epic barrier of resolve.

A spokesperson for Epic Games has since issued a statement to the gaming community at large, explaining that Epic did in fact receive the video-recorded apology compiled by Kaye but that even so, it had elected to stick to its initial decision of a lifetime ban. The reasons being that those who cheat positively ruin the games and the entire experience for those who do not.

His Error Was Judgement

Kaye’s mom is a believer in second chances. Barbara Khattri has since Epic’s decision having gone public called on the gaming community at large to reconsider how it treats people in general. Khattri said that she did not believe that Kaye has even a single devious bone in his body and that any mistaken action that did not cause actual physical harm to an individual deserves forgiveness in the event of true remorse.

Khattri referred to her son Jarvis as being a “broken” boy who was guilty of no more than having made an error in judgement. She said that she knew from personal experience that any lesson is “much better learned” when there is an opportunity to not only assume responsibility for one’s actions, but also to “right the wrong”