The professional Fortnite gamer, Jarvis Kaye, has been slapped with a lifetime ban from the game after he was caught cheating.
Now, nobody likes a sore loser... Especially when said loser has been caught red-handed using cheat technologies. So, quite understandably, opinions were divided when Jarvis released a video addressing his wrong-doing... And tearfully begging Epic Games to lift his lifetime ban.
Some sympathized with the gamer, while others weren't too convinced. Cheating's cheating, right?
But now, Jarvis' mom has come forward and spoken out about her son's ordeal and has revealed what the lifetime ban has really done to the teen. Keep scrolling to hear what she had to say on the matter...
Jarvis Kaye has made quite the name for himself amongst the gaming community.
In April this year, Jarvis joined the famous esports team, FaZe Clan.
Fortnite quickly became Jarvis' trademark game...
But what exactly is Fortnite?
The game has become immensely popular with youngsters all over the world...Fortnite is free to download but comes with additional content available via in-app purchases, including new skins, dance moves (we all know the floss...), and accessories for in-game avatars.
The game has an audience of over 125 million players.So the market for professional gamers to compete and stream their games of Fortnite is a pretty big one.
But the big rule for the professionals?Do. Not. Cheat.
Like any regular sport...Cheating is massively frowned upon in the world of gaming, and the punishments are taken very seriously.
So, when Jarvis was caught using a cheat code on several of his streams...Epic Games put their foot down and slapped the teen with a lifetime ban from Fortnite. They have also banned Jarvis from attending any future Fortnite events, and have forbidden him from having any further involvement in the Fortnite community.
Jarvis didn't cheat during a competitive match...But he did upload several videos showing him using Aimbots - a cheat code that allows competitors to shoot others without taking careful aim - in a public game using an alternative account.
The gamer quickly issued an apology to his fans over Twitter...
I’m going to take accountability for my actions and I understand completely why this has happened, I just wish I ha… https://t.co/992p1OJEFT— FaZe Jarvis (@FaZe Jarvis)1572813509.0
And then came the video...Jarvis uploaded a lengthy video to his YouTube channel, in which he addressed what had happened. The teen was visibly shaken up as he explained, "I'm not really sure how to say this, but I have to say this so that no one makes the same mistake I have done... I'm not sure how many of you know this, but I've actually been permanently banned off Fortnite for life."
He went on to explain why he had been banned from the game.And he insisted that there was nothing malicious about his actions - He was only thinking of his fans the entire time. "Recently I posted some videos of me using aimbot and solos and playground mode and just all I was thinking about whilst I was making those videos were just how entertaining and interesting these videos would be for you guys to watch."
And he stressed that he had never used the Aimbot cheat in any of his competitive matches."It didn't even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life from Fortnite from those videos." He said solemnly to the camera. "I just want to be clear that this is the first time that I have ever done anything like this and of course I have never done this in a competitive game mode at all."
The teen was becoming visibly more agitated throughout the video...And his eyes began to glisten with tears as he frantically apologized to his fans and to Epic Games.
And when he mentioned his banishment from the Fortnite community...The gamer clearly became overcome with emotion, and stopped talking to put his head in his hands.
He then broke down in tears."Epic Games you know I know how big of a mistake I've made and I'm truly like so sorry. Epic, I know I have to take accountability for my actions and I'm going to do my best to accept any punishment that comes my way."
He insists that he had no idea he was making such a severe mistake.Through his tears and sobs, he explained: "I just wish I'd have known how badly I was messing up, or I would never have even thought of making those types of videos."
Many people were quick to show their support for Jarvis...
@liljarviss Epic games is not fair at all ....just be strong #FreeJarvis— Gift (@Gift)1572813600.0
Members of the Fortnite community have rallied in to support Jarvis...
@liljarviss Iknow it hurts to feel like everything you worked so hard for was just taken away from you in an instan… https://t.co/zGMBOmPMQe— FaZe Nate Hill (@FaZe Nate Hill)1572815011.0
Many sympathize with the gamer...
@liljarviss Mistakes happen. It was obvious from your video that you didn’t have any malicious intent and that you… https://t.co/kQUC54hmml— Maddynf (@Maddynf)1572821433.0
But others weren't too sympathetic...
@liljarviss You wish you knew how severe it would be to cheat in a game you play for a living? You knew the rules a… https://t.co/IAvx1FoLGh— Kavos (@Kavos)1572823979.0
Some people aren't buying his "mistake" excuse...
@Maddynf @liljarviss “Mistake” - whoops accidentally installed and used an aimbot. Happens to everyone. Honest mistake!— Ryan Andrew Kinder 🍥 (@Ryan Andrew Kinder 🍥)1572827369.0
You can watch Jarvis' full apology here.But, despite the support of his fans, things aren't looking too good for Jarvis.
It's easy to forget that Jarvis is still a child...So, of course, his family have rallied in to support him during this difficult time.
Jarvis' brother is also a big name amongst the gaming community...
What Jarvis did was obviously stupid. It was a mistake and the point has been made very clear. Fortnite is a huge p… https://t.co/11fO1u0Imx— FaZe Banks (@FaZe Banks)1572988326.0
And he has highlighted the absurdity of a lifetime ban...
Cheating for the purpose of winning money, stealing money from other competitors, stealing a spot at WC = 2 weeks… https://t.co/SlJEqlz83c— FaZe Banks (@FaZe Banks)1572988223.0