The 17-year-old revealed that Epic Games had punished him for using "aimbots" during a recreational game that he streamed on his Youtube channel. Jarvis admitted to using the hack which allows users to auto-focus their weapons during an emotional Youtube video. Jarvis also said that he was banned from playing the game or attending any Fortnite conventions for life. He wasn't aware that this would carry such a harsh penalty, especially since he never used aimbots during competitive games.
"All I was thinking about whilst I was making those videos was just how entertaining and interesting these videos would be for you guys to watch," he said. "It didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life from Fortnite from those videos. I just want to be clear that this is the first time that I have ever done anything like this and of course I have never done this in a competitive game mode at all."
Jarvis reiterated this sentiment in a tweet in which he claims that this ban is not the end of his professional gaming career.
Epic Games upgraded its conduct on cheating to a zero-tolerance policy. It also acquired Finnish security firm Kamu to protect players from hackers and detect cheaters. Despite Epic's approach, Jarvis' fellow gamers are sticking by his side. They launched the #FreeJarvis campaign in hopes to get Fortnite to reconsider the lifetime ban.