Epic Games has revealed that over 200 prize-winners were caught cheating in the first week of the Fortnite World Cup, subsequently forfeiting their prizes.
In a blogpost, the Fortnite publisher said that 196 prize-winners were found to have played in multiple regions, nine others were caught sharing accounts and one winner forfeited their prize for “teaming”. Epic Games added: “1,163 accounts were banned from competitive play for 14 days for circumventing region locks and playing in multiple regions through the course of the tournament.”
Epic’s blogpost provided some details of the anti-cheating measures which it has put in place: “As some of you are already aware, we recently added a real-time teaming detection algorithm to competitive play, including tournaments and Arena games. This is in addition to the offline teaming detection we already had in place. In 8.40, we turned off this detection in custom matches to allow content creators greater freedom to experiment on the island, but it remains enabled in all competitive play. We’re working on improving the teaming detection so we can enable it in all game modes while also allowing for fun, playful interactions with other players. We’ll make an announcement when the new detection goes live in those modes.”
The first week of the Fortnite World Cup, dubbed Online Open Week 1, essentially amounts to a qualifying phase. Epic Games highlighted a Reddit page containing details of how you can view replays of the action. The Fortnite World Cup’s official webpage can be found here.