Jarvis Returns to Fortnite Gets Banned Immediately – But Was It Real?
Update: Jarvis has now confirmed that this was all a work. He uploaded a video this morning to Youtube confirming it was all a hoax. At this point, we can only wonder what Epic Games will do in response.
What a weird story we’re bringing to you today! Back on September 11th, 2020, FaZe Jarvis announced he’d return to Fortnite, despite being banned a year ago. He’s not magically been unbanned, but Jarvis did everything he could to try and pull a fast one on Epic Games. That’s what’s so odd about this. The stream was publicly announced on Twitter, so it’s not like Epic wouldn’t know. The response was of course, an avalanche of hype and excitement from his followers.
But was this just a work*? Could this have just been a ploy to set up something for a YouTube video or something else? Initially, Jarvis was banned on Fortnite for openly using cheats/hacks, so returns like this are a pretty shocking thing to see.
*”Work” is a wrestling term for a staged event.
Something Banned This Way Comes
Supposedly, Jarvis had another account ready to go, and was hiding his username during the stream. This was to hopefully hide his identity. It went down about how you would expect: Jarvis returns to Fortnite, and is almost immediately banned. Right after he went live, his account was banned by Epic. It’s like calling someone and telling them you’re going to break into their house, and then being shocked when they stop you.
FaZe Jarvis confirmed the new ban on Twitter, but something about this feels wrong. Why would someone deliberately go out of their way to defy and poke such a huge, billionaire bear? Some are saying it’s just a publicity stunt or fodder for a YouTube video. It’s been pointed out that Jarvis had a cameraman ready for when/if something happened in-game (like the ban).
According to Fortnite: Battle Royale Leaks on Twitter, seen to the left, they did some digging and pointed out that it was in fact, not staged, and Jarvis was banned. Then they followed up with “update: I guess it was staged, but not staged?? Idk lmao”.
We’re pretty curious what Epic Games plans to do about it though. To have such a high-profile name trample on their authority, for at best a laugh, and at worst a meme video, there could certainly be repercussions. We have a feeling this was something pre-recorded and aired to get people watching the stream, which it no doubt did. Sure, it built up hype on social media, and has got people talking, but is this the right move? All of this is confusing, when you pair it with the February 13th Tweet, when he discussed this exact thing. The exact thing in the tweet is what went down. The above tweet was in response to being asked why he didn’t just make a new account.
There have been plenty of returns to a game post ban, but seldom when the player is still banned, and when someone as well-known as FaZe Jarvis does it, we can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen as a result. Where do you stand though? Ridiculous publicity stunt that means nothing, or should he be punished further for breaking the rules again?