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Epic confirms 'thousands' of Fortnite: Battle Royale cheaters have been banned

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Sledgehammer isn't the only game studio that's struggling to deal with cheaters in its latest online creation. In a recent message about unfair play in Fortnite: Battle Royale, Epic said that tackling them is its "highest priority." 

"We play PvP games like Fortnite: Battle Royale for their competitive integrity. That feeling of outshooting somebody in an intense standoff and snagging that Victory Royale! And then there are cheaters, the 360-spin instant headshot, we all know so well," Fortnite community dude Nathan Mooney wrote. 

"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!" 

Player progression will be coming to Fortnite: Battle Royale in the next several weeks, and Mooney said that will help deter "casual cheaters" as well. "[Progression] will give them less incentive to simply cheat their progression with a ban around the corner!" he wrote. "For those persistent trolls, we’ll be continuing to work on solutions." 

Mooney encouraged players who encountered cheaters in Fortnite: Battle Royale to report them via this contact form

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Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.