The European region staged a walkout after an accused cheater advanced to the FNCS Warmup Finals.
European Fortnite Battle Royale pro players struggled this afternoon in the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS) Season 8 Warmup Finals. Top trio teams from the game’s seven regions competed in three rounds to advance to the final leg of the season’s first tournament. Thirty-three teams in the European region prepared for the finals but walked out in the middle of the tournament.
Slightly earlier in the competition, players discovered that an alleged cheater had made their way into the competition. It’s not uncommon in any game, but hackers seem to infect lobbies far too frequently in Fortnite Battle Royale. Finalists began accusing the alleged cheaters on Twitter, and many withdrew from the FNCS Warmup Finals completely.
AN ACCUSED HACKER APPEARS IN THE FINALS OF THE FNCS SEASON 8 WARMUP
Henrik “Guild Hen” Mclean, the FNCS Season 5 champion, allegedly posted on Twitter proof of a “blatant cheater” during the team event. The player is on high ground in the video and manages to reduce Hen’s health bar from 200 to almost zero in a matter of moments.
Immediately, the former Axe of Champions bearer uploaded a video in which the same player knocked Hen down in the same manner as in the first clip. Many other players shared their footage, but it’s extremely difficult to tell if someone is trying to cheat in Fortnite.
In the second game, the player known as wubzi dropped on top trio Rezon, Vadeal, and Noahreyli and eliminated the latter two without missing a single bullet. The accused’s Fortnite Tracker account has only eight days of playtime, with the majority of it spent on the keyboard and mouse. Because Fortnite has anti-cheat software, there is no way to tell. Professional players, on the other hand, believe the accused cheater is guilty.
Benjy “benjyfishy” Fish of NRG, a professional Fortnite player, responded to the evidence and controversy on Twitter. “Can you imagine any other esport allowing a team of full blatant cheaters into a tournament finals?” asked a multiple-time FNCS Finalist. His question is certainly valid, given that these three players allegedly cheated their way through three rounds of a qualifier.
David “aqua” Wang, the champion of the Fortnite Duo World Cup, has joined the list of players who have boycotted the rest of the Warmup Finals. After game three, fewer and fewer finalists waited in line to play. Martin “100T MrSavage” Foss Andersen and Dmitri “Liquid mitr0” Van de Vrie are among those on the list.
It was an upsetting way to end Chapter 2 – Season 8’s first Epic-sanctioned tournament. However, it is important to remember that cheaters and hackers have previously infiltrated matches. Epic’s anti-cheat software is often the target, but hackers are always looking for ways to get around the system.
We’ll have to hang tight and see what Epic Games says in response to the boycott and outrage. Stay tuned, and we’ll keep you posted on any new developments.