Gamer Jarvis Kaye Banned From Fornite For Life Over Aimbot Cheat
Aimbots allow players to shoot competitors without having to target precisely. However, aimbot software is forbidden under Fornite's rules, meaning those who use them do so with the risk of having their account deleted.
Kaye, who regularly posts Fortnite-related gaming videos on YouTube and Twitch, uploaded a video yesterday in which he said he had received a lifetime ban, explaining it was after he posted videos in which he used 'aimbot and solos and playground mode'.
He opened the clip by explaining how Fortnite had changed his life forever, saying it had allowed him to pursue his dream and do what he loves most.
He said: "I'm not sure how many of you know this but I've actually been permanently banned on Fortnite for life.
"Recently I posted some videos of me using aimbot and solos and playground mode and just all I was thinking about whilst I was making those videos was just how entertaining and 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 from Fortnite from those videos. I just want to be clear that this is the first time that I have ever done anything like this and of course I have never done this in a competitive game mode at all."
Breaking down in tears, Jarvis went on to apologise to Epic Games, the developers behind Fortnite, and begged them to reconsider his lifetime ban - as this means he is unable to create content relating to the game for his Twitch and YouTube channels.
He said: "Epic Games you know I know how big of a mistake I've made and I'm truly like so sorry. Epic, I know I have to take accountability for my actions and I'm going to do my best to accept any punishment that comes my way.
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"I'm not trying to find a quick road out but being banned forever is just - a lifetime ban - is just, I just didn't this would happen."
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. I love all of you who still support me, this is not the end.
- FaZe Jarvis (@liljarviss) November 3, 2019
Many fans have also had Kaye's back, having spoken out to try and get his account reinstated through the hashtag #FreeJarvis.
However, a spokesperson for Epic Games told The Independent: "We have a zero tolerance policy for the usage of cheat software.
"When people use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly."
A statement from FaZe Clan said: "FaZe Clan is a strong advocate for the rules and regulations of our industry.
"Jarvis is an entertainer and content creator who streams and makes YouTube videos for his fans. He's doesn't play professionally. He's a 17-year-old individual who made a poor decision while creating content and even warns several times during the video to never use the aimbot technology.
"He continues to reflect on the repercussions of his actions and the serious error in judgment. FaZe Clan continues to support Jarvis in all areas of his career and believes unequivocally that he is a well-intentioned young man and his actions though clearly wrong were not malicious in intent.
"FaZe Clan is deeply saddened by the devastating impact this had had on Jarvis's life. But we remain hopeful and stand ready to work with Epic Games in any way possible to come up with opportunity that allows Jarvis to play again at some point in his life. Given Jarvis' young age and his all-consuming passion and love for Fortnite, we believe a fair compromise can be reached."
Featured Image Credit: YouTube/Jarvis Kaye