It appears the temptation of those sweet, sweet Fortnite World Cup winnings was too much for some people. Epic has published a breakdown of its analysis of the first week of the Fortnite tournament, revealing that 1,221 players were caught cheating, including 206 winners who then had to forfeit their prizes.
In a blog post, Epic details the number of people caught cheating and the methods they used. The vast majority of those caught were guilty of circumventing region locks and playing in multiple regions, giving themselves more opportunities to secure a prize. 1,163 players were caught playing in multiple regions and nearly 200 of them won prizes which they are now forfeiting.
Other people caught out were players found to be account sharing, teaming (when players in Solo matches team up with friends), and, in one case, a player was given a 72-hour competitive ban for "intentionally disconnecting to avoid giving points to another competitor".
Perhaps the most significant cheater caught was for one player who reached the semi-finals and was found to be using cheat software. Epic says that it managed to ban him within five minutes of playing in the tournament. It's not clear whether this was the player who was dobbed in by the maker of the cheat software they were using.
While prizes will now be reallocated to winners who didn't cheat, the in-game leaderboard isn't going to be updated.
Epic says that it will be honing its detection methods so it's even more difficult to cheat in future tournaments, and it's impressive how many people were caught in this first week of the Fortnite World Cup. It makes you wonder how many people have been cheating in other gaming tournaments.Have you ever cheated in a multiplayer game? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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