One of the most popular streamers is Ninja who rose to unheard fame with Fortnite, and it was recently speculated that he is banning players by just reporting them to Epic. This has now resulted in an official comment by them that further clarifies the situation.
Ninja usually plays Fortnite online and as his popularity is increasing, so is the amount of attention that his actions get now. Recently, it was found in a video that Ninja reported a player who managed to kill him with an absurd reason and he was reportedly banned by Epic as a result. The video shows Ninja building a fort when he is sniped quickly and hence gets knocked out of the match.
This is not clickbait. Ninja got a player banned for having higher ping. Epic just banned the player only cause Ninja reported him. This is proof that Epic BANS anyone who Ninja reports and does not review the player. This is so fucking stupid. Epic Games is extremely careless. from FortNiteBR
The timing of the kill shot makes him a little suspicious so he simply reports the players as “has a higher ping than me,” which of course sounds ridiculous. The username of the player who kills Ninja is clearly seen and then later it was stated that he got banned due to this reason.
Today, Epic Games has shared an official comment on this matter which also clarifies their stance behind this whole story. Here is what they had to say on the Fortnite subreddit.
We take the reporting and actioning of accounts very seriously. We treat every report the same and follow the same process to determine what action is necessary.
There are two accounts involved in this: Account A which was the account originally reported by Ninja and Account B which is tied to a YouTube video we discovered
On Oct 2nd, Account B was disabled for reasons unrelated to player reporting.
On Oct 3rd, Account A was reported by Ninja. It was investigated and not actioned due to lack of evidence.
On Oct 4th, Account A changed their display name away from the name reported on October 3.
On Nov 13th, Account B was re-enabled based on a review of the underlying system.
On Nov 17th, account B changed their display name to match the display name of account A at the time of Ninja’s report.
We became aware of a YouTube video claiming that we banned (and then unbanned) account B based on Ninja’s report, which is false. We hope this clears up the sequence of actions.
As per Epic Games, this whole situation involved two different unrelated accounts and was framed to make it look like the account was banned by Epic after Ninja reported it. Lately, there is a growing concern among all Fortnite players that Epic treats Ninja unfairly and can ban anyone that gets reported by him, but whether this is proved or not, it remains to be seen. The most recent example was just debunked by Epic Games.
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