Yesterday we reported on Faze Jarvis, a popular Fortnite streamer, receiving a permanent ban from the game after releasing videos showing him using cheat programs in-game. Now Ninja has waded into the furor with a statement about how he perceives the ban and what he believes Epic Games should do regarding future incidents like this.
Ninja, real name Richard Tyler Blevins, states that he believes cheating rules shouldn’t affect “content creators” like Faze Jarvis and presumably, Blevins himself.
Don’t think that Blevins is arguing for a total removal of consequences for cheating in-game, however, as he recommends that bans such as this remain enforced for regular “piece of ****” kids.
This recommendation for a ‘one rule for us, one rule for them’ approach came during a stream, held now on Mixer, where Blevins played Fortnite as usual whilst discussing the Faze Jarvis case.
“There’s a difference between a content creator who has millions of subscribers, who then gets banned from what makes him money, and some kid who is just a piece of **** who has zero followers, zero money from gaming and hacks,” Blevins stated.
“You ban that kid and nothing happens to him. Nothing happens. Oh no! He can’t cheat any more. You ban Jarvis – it’s different.”
After receiving pushback on this from his companions in Fortnite, Blevins reiterated his argument. “A content creator cheating, whose entire life is about the game he’s playing and then some random who has no YouTube channel, no Twitter account – he doesn’t even care, he just cheats, he has to hack – you ban one, you ruin his life. You ban the other, he makes another account and keeps cheating.”
Blevins did concede that cheating and recording it was silly but argued that if Logan Paul didn’t get penalised for filming a hanged corpse, then Faze Jarvis should also not get penalised. “Logan Paul literally filmed someone hanging in a forest and his channel didn’t get banned and he’s been perfectly fine,” Blevins said.
“In that aspect, he was a YouTuber, a big one, and he didn’t get banned. YouTube decided that he was big enough to not get banned.”