An unknown Fortnite player who won a recent tournament and $130,000 (£99,000) in prize money also received something unexpected in the wake of his victory: the wrath of his fellow gamers.
The little-known player, who goes by the in-game name iDropz_Bodies, recently emerged as the surprise winner over several better-known players after winning the first day of Fortnite’s Summer Skirmish tournament.
However, his lack of esports history for Fortnite and the fact that he wasn’t a well-known streamer led many fans of the game to believe he cheated his way to victory.
Fortnite gamer iDropz_Bodies’s tournament win prompted an investigation from Epic Games
The Fortnite gaming community also reacted strongly to the allegations against the winner, with several notable streamers defending him against cheating accusations with others casting doubt over the validity of his tournament win.
Epic Games quickly launched an investigation as the Reddit post went viral to determine if iDropz_Bodies had indeed cheated and ultimately concluded that no evidence of cheating was found.
The Fortnite developer and publisher stated: ‘We appreciate the community’s concern around the integrity of the competition, but questioning the results of an individual participant without evidence unfairly tears apart at what should be a crowning moment of achievement for an individual who earned their way there and performed when it counted.’
iDropz_Bodies, who reportedly plays the video game Destiny but is largely unknown in the Fortnite community, was accused of unfairly manipulating his player stats, queuing simultaneously with other players in order to rack up more kills, leaving matches shortly after their start and using a mouse and keyboard against PlayStation 4 players.
Epic Games, however, dismissed the accusations against iDropz_Bodies.
According to Polygon, the video game company released the results of its investigation to the public, determining: ‘Our internal Summer Skirmish analytics kept track of all opponents which participants eliminated. iDroPz_BoDiEs had 129 eliminations during the event and every single elimination was on a different opponent. This is not indicative of him having been intentionally fed eliminations and/or collusion with other players.
‘Our analytics events also noted when players left the match prior to the bus deploying, and recorded those matches. iDroPz_BoDiEs did not join more than the specified 10 matches for the event, the narrative that he was leaving if the server wasn’t full or the bus wasn’t on a favorable path is false.’
They concluded: ‘There is no evidence that would suggest to us that iDroPz_BoDiEs played the competition using a mouse and keyboard. Furthermore, we do not restrict input device for players on our platforms in an effort to promote accessibility for our entire audience.’
The company also stated that: ‘Unsportsmanlike conduct from participants is not within that spirit, and will not be tolerated in Fortnite competition.’
What is Fortnite?
Fortnite is a popular action-shooter video game developed and published by Epic Games that boasts a current player base in excess of over 125 million people worldwide.
The game’s battle royale mode sees 100 players battle it out to determine the ultimate winner of each match. The game is being developed for Android and is currently available to play on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iOS, Mac OS and Microsoft Windows.
Fortnite’s recent Summer Skirmish tournament follows its recent pattern of introducing more professionalized competition into the video game. A charity Pro-Am tournament was recently held at E3 2018 in Los Angeles, California while a record-breaking tournament featuring a $100 million (£76 million) prize is also slated to be held sometime in the near future.
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