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Epic Games Threatens to Ban Stars Following Fortnite Wager Matches

Epic Games takes a stand against Fortnite wager matches by threatening bans for some of its top players.
Epic Games takes a stand against Fortnite wager matches by threatening bans for some of its top players. / Courtesy of Cody Clix' Conrod

Epic Games takes a stand against Fortnite wager matches by threatening bans for some of its top players. NRG’s Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod recently received a messgae of being banned by Epic if he didn't cease his involvement in friendly wager matches.

Epic Games push comes with the intent to deter the promotion of underaged gambling on its platform. Clix like a ton of other pro-Fortnite players is very young and below the legal gambling age. Their message to him was a warning and if he had continued to participate in these matches he would be banned from participating in the game entirely.

Pro-player Jaden "Wolfiez" Ashman later replied out his reaction.

The frustration of both him and Clix is understandable, wagers functions as their way of facing proper competition in the game when the other modes may seem too easy for them. Clix pointed out in his tweet that he "won't be able to play arena with the amount of [expletive] stream snipers I have" which is also the case for many other pro players. From their perspective, the ban is pushing them into a corner, limiting both their competition and the ways they can entertain their viewers.

Epic hasn't released a statement on the issue yet. However, backlash from fans may force them to change their stance.