Fortnite - Competitive Game Integrity

Posted by Twigsby on 4/18/2019

Our team continuously monitors competitive play in all regions and will take action against unfair play if necessary. After each tournament, all players (including the winners) are carefully vetted by multiple teams and analytical processes to verify fair play according to the rules of the tournament, the Fortnite Code of Conduct, and the Fortnite End User License Agreement.


Tournament Integrity Actions

Anyone found to be breaking the rules will be disqualified and penalized.  Penalties may include a warning, a temporary competitive ban (duration will be determined by Epic), removal from competitive play permanently, or a permanent ban from Fortnite.  Penalties may be escalated if an account has received prior penalties in tournaments.


World Cup Online Open, Week 1 Tournament Integrity Actions Taken:

  • 1163 accounts were banned from competitive play for 14 days for circumventing region locks and playing in multiple regions through the course of the tournament.

    • This includes 196 prize winners who will have their prizes forfeited for playing in multiple regions.

      • Disqualified players forfeiting their winnings will result in the tournament results shifting for prize considerations, but won't currently be reflected on the in-game leaderboard.

  • 48 accounts were banned for account sharing for seven days.

    • This includes nine prize winners who will have their prizes forfeited for sharing accounts.

  • Eight accounts were banned for teaming.

    • One winner will forfeit prizes for teaming.

  • One account was banned permanently from Fortnite for using cheat software during the Semi Finals.

    • This account played for less than five minutes in the tournament before being banned.

  • One account was given a 72 hour competitive ban for intentionally disconnecting to avoid giving points to another competitor.

    • This is currently a manual process based off of user reports, but we will be detecting this more widely in the future.


Competing on alternate or new accounts to circumvent competitive bans in any way may result in users being banned from all future competitive play permanently.


Penalty judgement is at Epic’s discretion.  If you want to read the Fortnite World Cup Rules, click here to find the official rules.  Note: The Fortnite Code of Conduct and End User License Agreement are also applicable any time you are playing Fortnite.


Teaming Detection

As some of you are already aware, we recently added a real-time teaming detection algorithm to competitive play, including tournaments and Arena games.  This is in addition to the offline teaming detection we already had in place. In 8.40, we turned off this detection in custom matches to allow content creators greater freedom to experiment on the island,  but it remains enabled in all competitive play.


We’re working on improving the teaming detection so we can enable it in all game modes while also allowing for fun, playful interactions with other players.  We’ll make an announcement when the new detection goes live in those modes.


As mentioned, if we discover teaming during a tournament we will action those users accordingly.  Don’t be those players!



Internally we occasionally use server replays to verify tournament integrity, and you can check them out too. Click here to check out how you can view the World Cup - Online Open Week 1 replays in the Fortnite client.


See something? Say something… nicely.

We appreciate the community's concern around the integrity of the competition, but questioning the results of an individual participant without direct evidence unfairly tears apart what should be a crowning moment of achievement for an individual or team who earned their way there and performed when it counted.


If you do have a competitive integrity issue that you’d like to report or have a question about competitive play, please contact us through our player support team.  They’ll help to make sure that your inquiry will end up in the right place.


You can also report players in-game for cheating, exploiting, harassment, and more.  Your reports are instrumental in helping us identify potential bad dudes quickly - we appreciate you taking the time to submit those reports.


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.


Thanks, and good luck out there competing!