If you were lucky enough to not know already, here’s the skinny: a popular Fortnite streamer and pro, a 17-year-old kid named Faze Jarvis posted a video on Youtube of him playing Fortnite with an aimbot installed. He disclosed from the very start that he was using an Aimbot, joked about it, and generally just used it as an opportunity to muck around. Epic Games found out about it, and dished out a lifetime ban for cheating. You know, standard operating procedure for cheaters. Jarvis apologizes, tries to get his account back, and so far it doesn’t take.
Recently, however, Jarvis got himself a new defender: fellow pro and streamer Ninja, who thinks Jarvis’s status as a popular streamer should give him special privileges.
Not even being hyperbolic.
"There's a difference between a content creator who has millions of subscribers, hundreds of thousands of followers, who gets banned from what literally makes him money, and … some kid who is just a piece of crap who has absolutely zero following, has zero money that comes from Fortnite, from gaming, and hacks… You ban that kid, nothing happens to him. Nothing happens. 'Oh no, he can't cheat anymore.' You ban Jarvis, it's different. The stakes are different, it should be handled a little bit differently."
Ninja does point out that he doesn’t think Jarvis should get off Scot-free (he suggests a 3-month ban), but the lifetime ban, to him, seems excessive.
"He's young. There are people who have done worse things on the internet in different areas and haven't gotten banned. I use Logan Paul as a reference, the dude literally filmed someone hanging in a forest and [his] channel didn't get banned and he's been perfectly fine. He uploaded an apology video and he was set,"
All of this is true, but I feel compelled to point out that him being a popular streamer is exactly why his punishment should be harsh: because he just showed millions and millions of followers how good Aimbots are and how much they could improve their game. It was effectively free advertising for the aimbot creators.
So, take that for what you will.
So far, Epic Games hasn’t commented on this issue, or Ninja’s response, but I very much doubt we’re going to get Blitzchung levels of protest over this.