Former Fortnite professional Jarvis Kaye of the FaZe Clan was banned from Fortnite again after he tried to stream the game for the first time in a year. However, this action was fake.
Who is FaZe Jarvis?
FaZe Jarvis is an 18-year-old gamer from Surrey. His real name is Jarvis Kaye. The teenager made headlines when he was banned from playing Fortnite in November 2019.
At the time of writing this, he has 3.7 million YouTube subscribers and 414,000 Twitter followers.
Recently Epic Games mentioned Tony Stark's artificial intelligence, J.A.R.V.I.S., in a tweet to promote the ongoing Fortnite/Marvel Comics promotion. This tweet brought "Jarvis" into fashion again on Twitter, but the conversation revolved mainly around FaZe Jarvis and how Epic should "free" him from his permanent ban. Perhaps in response to this newfound attention, FaZe Jarvis decided to return to Fortnite streaming on Twitch. Allegedly at least.
So after 10 months, over 4.5K Retweets and 70K Likes, Jarvis announced he would return to Twitch and Fortnite.
Was Jarvis Banned Again?
Unfortunately, the Fortnite stream of FaZe Jarvis did not last too long. 15 minutes and 45K viewers later, he was kicked out of the game with a message on the screen saying that his login had expired. Jarvis seemed shocked by the situation and said that he was banned again. But his reaction was already being called into question by some of the live viewers. Now it has been revealed that the whole stunt was a fake-out.
His Fortnite Return Was Only an Elaborate Hoax
Many noticed that Jarvis quickly flashed his in-game Fortnite username on stream before logging into the game and covering it up with a black bar after.
Shortly after Jarvis' IGN was leaked to Epic Games, they blocked the account. However, it seemed as if Jarvis wanted the account to be locked.
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Jarvis then revealed what some fans already suspected: The whole thing was a hoax.
FaZe Jarvis uploaded a video called "I Tricked the Internet Into Thinking I Played Fortnite". In the video, he showed how he and his friends staged the Twitch stream and lured Epic Games to banning him again. An instant viral hit!
The actual game account being played was that of SlaterKodish, one of Jarvis' friends.
Jarvis made sure that his subscriptions and donations were turned off during the stream. He only wanted to trick his viewers and not make money off of them during the prank.
The troll was successful. Jarvis managed to trick a large part of the Internet and Epic Games itself into believing he was playing Fortnite on a new account. In the end, Epic Games get the last laugh as the FaZe gaming house is now IP-banned this means that no one in this house can play Fortnite right now.
The video has over 3 million views and is even trending on YouTube. It is unclear if Epic will take note of the scam and lift the ban on the FaZe gaming house. Whether Jarvis will ever return to Fortnite is also not clear. However, a permanent ban is a permanent ban.