A 17-year-old member of the mega-popular eSports groups FaZe Clan was issued a lifetime ban from the game “Fortnite” after he uploaded YouTube videos of himself cheating in solo rounds and on playground mode.
FaZe Jarvis, whose real name is Jarvis Khattri, became a member of the clan after his older brother and FaZe Clan director FaZe Kay (real name Frazier Khattri) started featuring his younger sibling in his own videos. Jarvis’ channel was almost entirely “Fortnite” videos, which was his game of choice up until his ban.
Khattri uploaded an emotional apology video that trended up to spot no. 2 on YouTube Gaming, earning more than 2 million views in less than 24 hours – better reception than most of his normal gameplay videos. At least one video of him using aimbots, the software hack that got him banned, is still up on his channel.
A spokesperson for Epic Games told Insider that it has a zero-tolerance policy for those who use cheating software.
“When people use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly,” Epic Games said in a statement.
Aimbots alter the “Fortnite” software against the game’s terms and conditions and community guidelines to allow the player’s weapon to focus automatically on targets, giving them a huge advantage in the gameplay.
“All I was thinking about as I was making those videos is how entertaining and like, interesting these videos would be for you guys to watch. It didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life on ‘Fortnite’ for those videos,” Khattri said in his apology video, which devolved into tears toward the end.
But the use of aimbots was weighed more seriously against Khattri, since he hacked the game’s software itself – although, unlike XXiF and Ronaldo, he wasn’t playing competitively at the time he cheated. He was, as he says in his apology video, playing only in solo rounds and playground mode, and using the hack to make YouTube content, as opposed to scoring points to qualify for a championship with a $30 million prize at stake.
Another FaZe Clan member, Blaze, tweeted that “I know this is a sensitive subject but the lil homies doesn’t deserve this.” Replies to Blaze’s tweet were again mixed, with many FaZe fans noting that Khattri was facing the consequences laid out in the “Fortnite” community guidelines, and that it wouldn’t be fair for him to get un-banned based on the size of his fanbase.
“I’m going to take accountability for my actions and I understand completely why this has happened, I just wish I had known how severe the consequences were at the time and I would have never thought about doing it,” Khattri wrote on Twitter. “I love all of you who still support me, this is not the end.”
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