Allegations suggest many players are cheating in Fortnite tournaments
Another day, another cheating allegation at high levels of competitive Fortnite. Early on the morning of July 31, Fortnite player Zykoma accused his former trio teammate, Bman, of cheating in Daily Cash Cups and the Bugha Cup. Attached to the accusation was a compilation of clips that appeared to show Bman tracking and locating players who should have been invisible to him.
“So yesterday, @BuckteeFN (part of my trio) found that our third member, @bmanFN, was secretly using hacks without our knowledge,” Zykoma wrote in his tweet. “During daily trio cups AND bugha cup. I’m posting this to show how easily these hacks are accessible and can go multiple tournaments undetected.”
So yesterday, @BuckteeFN (part of my trio) found that our third member, @bmanFN, was secretly using hacks without our knowledge.
…during daily trio cups AND bugha cup.
I’m posting this to show how easily these hacks are accessible and can go multiple tournaments undetected 🤷♂️ pic.twitter.com/OYCY8jC2MP
— SRN Zykoma (@ZykomaTV) July 31, 2020
In addition to the first compilation of clips, Zykoma tweeted some screenshots of alleged Discord DMs from Bman, appearing to show the latter admitting to cheating during the Daily Cash Cup, at least.
In the conversation, Bman says things like “I messed up in a daily and now I’m getting canceled” and “This isn’t gonna do s**t. Pros hide it perfectly fine.”
Although Bman is alleged to have admitted to cheating privately, he’s maintained his innocence to the public. He even took to Twitch to host a VoD review of a few of his Bugha Cup matches. The stream lasted all of 11 minutes (of a 4-hour tournament) and his Twitch chat was, predictably, very toxic.
During the short stream, Bman seemed to inadvertently confirm the legitimacy of the Discord DMs. When asked to explain the messages, he told his viewers, “I said I regret s**t. I regret s**t all the time. I’ve switched trios so many f***ing times, it’s insane. Like, I just wish I could stick with one f***ing trio. But then I get ratted out for something I didn’t do, but okay.”
This situation isn’t about one player potentially cheating in a Fortnite tournament, however, it’s about the prevalence of this issue. Several top-tier pros have talked about up-and-comers using soft aim hacks in tournaments. We covered Cented’s tweet, yesterday, which called for Epic to investigate and ban some of these players.
We also spoke with pro player Jonathan ‘Yung Calc’ Weber, who echoed the popular sentiment within the professional community. “A lot of people are just randomly placing now and their aim is way too good,” he told us, “so a lot of pros think people are cheating.”
Reverse2k added to the chorus of voices calling on Epic to intervene when it comes to cheating in tournaments – players who are either using hacks or teaming. “I feel like players only get punishment when random people go into replays and watch their gameplay,” he wrote. “Like where is the anti-cheat?”
I feel like players only get punishment when random people go into replays and watch their gameplay. Like where is the anti cheat. Also feel like Epic should be more hard on punishments. Other games you get perm banned for teaming, fortnite’s a month lol
— Reverse2k (@Reverse2k) July 31, 2020
We reached out to both Bman and Epic Games for comment on this topic, and neither has responded at the time of writing. We expect to hear something on this from Epic at some point.
There’s a substantial issue with cheaters getting through the anti-cheat, and remaining silent would likely be a green light for cheaters to keep competing in tournaments. It’s undoubtedly on their radar, though, and they may be handling it internally, for now. We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
Update 7/31 12:56 pm EST
Bman responded to our request for comment just after the article went live. He told us this:
“All I can say is that this is the exact same situation with Dubs, I am not cheating and I will stick by that. I have been building my rep and my skill since World Cup and have been playing fair ever since then. I just want everyone to know I wouldn’t cheat in a tournament and ruin someone else’s chances at making money because some people need it more than others.”
We asked about the DMs that appeared to show his admission of doing something wrong. He told us, “The DMs show how I played poorly during the Daily Cup when I said I regret something and the one with the crossed-out names isn’t real.” This statement is referring to the image we embedded earlier in the article, suggesting that the screenshot directly above is legitimate.
When pressed further, Bman told us, “That was me saying they can drop me if they want. I was playing very very bad that day.” We asked what his teammates would be exposing him for. He did not respond to that question and blocked our account. His Twitter has since been deactivated.