Last week, top Fortnite: Battle Royale player “Dubs fn” was embroiled in controversy after he was accused of using cheats during his successful bid for a spot in the Fortnite World Cup Finals. Over the weekend, Epic Games released information about cheating activity during the World Cup qualifiers that appears to clear Dubs fn’s name.
In Epic’s announcement post, the Fortnite team reaffirmed its stance against cheating, stating that the game’s integrity checkers have so far banned over 1,200 accounts from competitive play for 14 days for abusing several exploits during the qualifiers. The great majority of these accounts were penalized for circumventing region locks in order to play in multiple regions, while other offenders were caught teaming, account sharing, and intentionally disconnecting. Only one account was issued a permaban for using cheat software; according to the information provided by Epic, this user could not possibly have been Dubs fn.
“This account played for less than five minutes in the tournament before being banned,” wrote the Fortnite team.
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In addition to Epic Games’ update, Dubs fn took to Twitter over the weekend to argue his case, retweeting Epic’s post and revealing impressive duos statistics that lend legitimacy to his claims that his impressive plays were the result of skill, rather than cheats.
“We appreciate the community’s concern around the integrity of the competition,” wrote the Fortnite team, “but questioning the results of an individual participant without direct evidence unfairly tears apart what should be a crowning moment of achievement.”