Epic Games released the Fortnite: Battle Royale mode mere days ago, but the title has already formed a pretty healthy playerbase. Expectedly, along with those who appreciate the fairplay, there were people whose aim was spoiling the fun, to say the least. However, Epic Games has clearly stated that handling cheating attempts was among company’s highest priorities. Consequently, “thousands” of players were banned for cheating and it seems that the developer is totally prepared to ban more if needed.
Previously, Epic Games representatives have acknowledged the cheating issue not only in the Battle Royale mode but also in all games it develops. The studio has recently declared war not only to cheaters but also to the providers of cheating services.
Nathan Mooney, a Fortnite community member, announced that Epic Games has “no plans to stop” combating cheaters, but remained tight-lipped what the exact course of action would be. He also admitted that despite all efforts the company makes, there is a great number of “persistent trolls” but promised that the company will find a foolproof method for dealing with them.
Mooney elaborated: “We play PvP games like Fortnite: Battle Royale for their competitive integrity. That feeling of outshooting somebody in an intense standoff and snagging that Victory Royale! And then there are cheaters, the 360-spin instant headshot, we all know so well.”
In related news, Fortnite: Battle Royale mode has recently reached the 7 million players milestone. Essentially, the “thousands” of banned players is a small proportion given the rapidly growing fanbase.
Mooney also confirmed that Player progression will be added to Fortnite: Battle Royale in the next few weeks. The progression is expected to discourage players to cheat and put themselves at risk of being banned.
Last but not least, Mooney encouraged all players who encounter cheaters to report them via the contact form on the Epic Games site.