1,200 Fortnite players caught cheating in World Cup qualifying
During the World Cup Online Open tournament, Epic Games temporarily denied more than twelve hundred players access to Fortnite, including about two hundred players who had already won prize money. They cheated, Epic Games writes in a statement.
The majority of this group of Fortnite players went wrong by playing in multiple regions at the same time. A number of players shared accounts or did ‘teaming’, secretly collaborating with an opponent. One player used illegal cheating software, and one player left a lost game before the points could be divided.
Epic Games writes that the company has developed a new algorithm to detect cheaters using the ‘teaming’ technique. This algorithm is used during regular competitive Fortnite competitions.
It is the first week of the World Cup Online Open, the first phase of the World Championship Fortnite organized by Epic Games. The Online Open takes ten weeks. A prize pool of almost 900,000 euros is distributed to the best players every week.
The winners will have access to the World Cup in New York in July of this year. The prize money is 26 million euros.