206 Fortnite players were caught cheating in World Cup Qualifiers

By FileTrekker 4 years ago, last updated 4 years ago

E-Sports is becoming pretty serious business, you don't need us to tell you that, but it's still very much in a relative infancy compared to other major competitive sports and competitions, and as such, cheating is very much rife, as Epic found out during the World Cup Qualifiers.

An astonishing 206 players made it into the qualifiers and cheated, via various different means, and were caught - meaning they have to forfeit their winnings, incidentally. Even more amazingly, there were 1,163 further players who were disqualified because they tried to skirt around the region locks to attempt to qualify more than once.

They even identified 48 players who had given their account to someone better than them in an attempt to qualify and ultimately share the winnings, and a further 8 were banned for teaming, which is where players work together to eliminate everyone but themselves, then share the prize between them at the end.

It's interesting to note though that only one of the players mentioned above were actually using any form of cheat software, which was very swiftly identified and banned. 

As for what these cheaters were actually doing, beyond what we mentioned above, we're not entirely clear on, but we know that they were detected via combination of algorithm detection and manual reviews undertaken by Epic based on user reports.

Week two of the qualifiers is happening this weekend, and there's $100,000,000 up for grabs.


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