Epic Games Threatens to Ban Clix if Fortnite Wager Matches Continue
Betting with friends or on events is a pretty common practice for many, and betting on esports matches holds a similar weight. Sixteen-year-old NRG Fortnite player Clix has been playing in these wager matches with others for a while, but now it seems like Epic has had enough of his shenanigans and has opted to force him to stop under penalty of a ban.
How does a Wager Work in Fortnite?
Back when Fortnite was still in Chapter 1, players would find themselves wagering on what were called Kill Races. Players would go head-to-head in games of Fortnite, attempting to see who could rack up the most eliminations during a match. These events would be done with a cash prize, having players either put in an equal amount of money and having the winner take all, or having a third party supply the prizing cash.
Clix was one of those participants. Being a pro player, this would prove to be a way to make some extra money between tournaments, but with the introduction of Creative Mode, things would turn to more fair play.
This would lead to the introduction of Clix’s box matches: an even playing field for one on one fights, with no randomness like in an average match of Fortnite match. With the box matches still having a cash prize, these proved to be not only entertaining to his audience, but highly profitable for the man himself. Clix was extremely skilled at these box matches, at one point streaming a 100-win streak for his viewers to watch. However, these wager events in Fortnite are now coming to an end.
Epic Drops the Hammer
Four days ago on March 25th, Clix put out a tweet saying, “Won’t be playing or having anything to do with wagers anymore, just got personally messaged by epic and was told to stop or will result in a ban. Recommend others to stop as well, tweeting this so people are aware.” This brought up a conversation on the justification of placing bets on players in Fortnite. Many people responded to the message put out by Clix with pure disdain for the outcome, with @foozybearz saying “Might as well just play ******* Minecraft”
This however, hasn’t deterred Clix from playing the game, stating that he’ll continue to do box fights, although it wont be for money anymore. A lot of the people in response to these tweets have mentioned they no ill will towards Clix, but for a short moment, the hashtag #ripfornite, was trending on Twitter.
A lot of people who have responded to the Twitter post from Clix say that the idea behind wager matches is inherently a bad idea, since the demographic of the game is for a younger audience. The idea of wager matches being posted on a prolific player’s YouTube and Twitch channel would incite kids to want to partake in their own wager matches themselves, while other people state that it’s wholly Epic Game’s fault that they’re shutting down the matches.
Although it seems to be right down the middle, the debate of whether not not wagers on Fortnite still continues. What is for certain, however, is that nobody is going to see them pop up on Clix’s channel anymore.