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Published: 21/Jul/2018 16:39 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07by Calum Patterson
After growing controversy surrounding accusations of foul play from the winner of Summer Skirmish Week 2, Epic Games has responded, concluding that they are satisfied there was no wrongdoing.
A player named ‘iDroPz_BoDiEs‘ was invited to the tournament thanks to his placing in the ‘Solo Showdown’ LTM, and walked away with first place and $60,000 after an incredible performance.
However, for a number of reasons other competitors and lots of fans began to doubt the legitimacy of his scores and matches.
He was suspected because he wasn’t streaming – however this isn’t required. He also was accused of using a keyboard and mouse while playing on PS4. Lastly, he was accused of having friends join his game of various accounts and allow him to kill them to boost his score.
A reddit user compiled all the accusations levelled against the winning player, which you can find here, titling the post “A crime was committed yesterday during the [Summer] Skirmish”.
But, Epic Games has made it clear that after investigation, none of these claims and accusations hold up.
Of note, they state that although there is ‘no evidence’ that iDropz_Bodies used a keyboard and mouse, it is not actually against the rules to do so, in order to promote inclusivity.
“We do not restrict input device for players on our platforms in an effort to promote accessibility for our entire audience.“
You can read the full statement from Epic Games below.
We wanted to drop in with information regarding Friday’s Summer Skirmish and the performance of the winner iDropz_Bodies in an effort of clarify some assumptions held by the community.
iDroPz_BoDiEs was unable to stream the event due to a Summer Skirmish rules requirement of a 2-minute stream delay for participants which wish to broadcast. This delay cannot be set on the console capture software and is not possible for non-Affiliates on Twitch. Following the event, he broadcasted replays of his Summer Skirmish matches.
Our rules do not stipulate that a participant must stream the event, as we do not wish to exclude players who were invited based on their own merit because they cannot stream – iDroPz_BoDiEs was invited to Summer Skirmish based off his performance in prior Showdown LTMs.
Now to address some concerns around that performance:
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.
Our primary goal is to support competition that is fun, inclusive, and in line with the overall spirit of Fortnite. Unsportsmanlike conduct from participants is not within that spirit, and will not be tolerated in Fortnite competition.
EDIT: To address additional comments, none of the accounts which were eliminated by iDroPz_BoDiEs were created between the time he was informed of his participation and the event itself.