The ongoing war against cheating continues, and now Epic Games joins in. Their latest hit, Fortnite, has grown in popularity ever since the F2P Battle Royale mode came out. Unfortunately, that also means cheating dogs have been released. Like Blizzard in Overwatch, and pretty much every other online game, the Epic Games team is hard at work keeping them at bay. According to a blog post on their site, they’ve already banned thousands of cheaters. The exact number and how they are targeting them is unknown, but they are doing something at the very least.
To start, addressing cheaters in Fortnite is the highest priority across Epic Games. 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. We don’t want to give too many clues about what we’re doing, but we are rolling out tools and will continue to do so. Thousands have been banned and we have no plans to stop!
They will also be introducing a new system which may help curb the cheating problem. It will involve an account progression system, which unlocks goodies (I assume) as you play and improve your skills.
In the next several weeks we’ll also roll out progression. Account progression means that you will earn stuff as you play. 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.
By the sound of things, it looks like they have everything under control and a good plan in place. As always, I’m a big supporter of kicking out cheaters for all the obvious reasons.
Sources: Epic Game Blog