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Epic bans 'thousands' of Fortnite Battle Royale cheaters

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Fortnite's PUBG-inspired Battle Royale mode is a raging success. One million players jumped from the Bus on launch day to compete against each other, and that number increased to a staggering seven million in just a few days. There's one other thing that also drastically increased - cheaters - and Epic is having none of it.

".. addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games," explains the dev in a blog post. "We are constantly working against both the cheaters themselves and the cheat providers. And it’s ongoing, we’re exploring every measure to ensure these cheaters are removed and stay removed from Fortnite Battle Royale and the Epic ecosystem."

Epic continues by saying they've already banned "thousands" and that they "have no plans to stop." They're also rolling out a new account progression system that will reward good behaviour, or rather, it encourages players to walk the straight and narrow. If I understand correctly, then those who receive a ban will in some way lose those progression incentives. I take it that the incentives will be things like loot and gear.

"In the next several weeks we’ll also roll out progression. Account progression means that you will earn stuff as you play," continues Epic. "And it’s not just for fun - it will also help in the war against casual Cheaters and will give them less incentive to simply cheat their progression with a ban around the corner! For those persistent trolls, we’ll be continuing to work on solutions."

Have you come across cheaters in Fortnite? If you haven't yet tried the game then we highly recommended you do. it's a fantastic and fun game and everyone should at least try it once. You can play the Battle Royale mode, or join a buddy in co-op, or even go solo.

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