2021 Fortnite FNCS Team DQ’d for Telling Epic COO to ‘Kill Yourself’
Toxicity doesn’t pay, not in the Fortnite FNCS 2021 or otherwise. A player known as ‘Wrigley’ got his entire trio squad disqualified from the event, despite having qualified for the Grand Finals of the NA East region. They were going to compete this weekend, but the player’s words got them kicked. The initial tweet made by Wrigley has since been deleted, and so has his account. Why they chose to censor the words while also tagging Donald Mustard, Epic COO in it, we have no idea. In a competitive series with so much money on the line, why players would choose to act foolish online is baffling.
Dictate and Userz Suffer For Wrigley’s Toxicity
It’s really unfortunate how this all went down in Fortnite’s FNCS 2021. Two players who genuinely grinded a whole season have now earned nothing. They were poised to win some serious cash (690,000 prize pool), but thanks to one ill-thought-out tweet, Dictate and Userz gain nothing. So what exactly went down? On March 13, Wrigley posted:
“Like literally f**king k!ll your$elf @DonaldMustard”
It’s a really confusing tweet that feels like it came out of nowhere. There’s no way a punishment shouldn’t be doled out, but why were the other two punished also? Because what you do also affect your team. I’ve never heard of a squad getting to replace someone who was banned – but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. The Fortnite tournament admin sent the following message:
“We are writing to inform you of your team’s disqualification and removal from the Chapter 2 Season 5 FNCS competition, effective immediately. Based on an internal investigation, a member of your team has violated Section 8.1.2 of the official rules.”
In particular, Rule 8.1.2 was broken. “Players must be respectful of other players, Event Administrators, spectators, and sponsors (as applicable). Because one player of the team tells the Epic Games COO to kill themselves, that’s more than disrespectful. As a result, the three will win nothing in the Fortnite FNCS 2021, no matter how well or poorly they did.
The guaranteed prize money the trio would have already won won’t be theirs either, and we feel for the other two members of the team (Dictate and Userz). Dictate has been very outspoken on Twitter about this, but the community seems pretty divided. Some have said he gets what he gets for being teamed with someone who said something like that, and the rest are firmly in the camp of “Dictate/Userz did nothing wrong, give them their money/let them compete”. It just doesn’t seem to be the case though, as the FNCS 2021 for Fortnite match that was coming up already happened on March 14th. This was such an extreme thing to say to someone, anyone, that Epic Games practically had to set an example that this sort of behavior would not be tolerated. We feel for the two players that were caught in the crossfire though.
It costs you nothing to be a jerk on the internet. There was no reason for Wrigley to say that to anyone, much less Epic’s COO. Something like that is almost assuredly going to get a reaction, and it’s not going to be a good one. As we’ve learned this weekend, Epic takes that kind of attitude very seriously.