Epic Games added some new rules to competitive Fortnite this week, specifically targeting anyone who may cheat through collusion. Throughout 2019 there apparently had become a major problem with signaling, which many picked up on, where players would throw the game or lend aid to others in order to boost a single player or team to victory. Essentially, cheating as a group for the success of the whole. So the devs laid out these new rules to signify they're done with it in esports. The goal is to bring back the competitive edge tot he game for all involved and to enforce swift punishments for those caught using signals to collude and cheat. So be prepared to see some teams get banned now that these rules are set in place.
Competitive Fortnite's Collusion Rule:
Players may not work together to deceive or otherwise cheat other players during any match ("Collusion"). Examples of Collusion include the following:
- Teaming: Players working together during the match while on opposing teams.
- Planned Movement: Agreement between 2 or more opposing players to land at specific locations or to move through the map in a planned way before the match begins.
- Communication: Sending or receiving signals (both verbal and non-verbal) to communicate with opposing players.
- Item Dumping: Intentionally dropping items for an opposing player to collect.
Throughout last year, players have been sending or receiving signals more commonly during official Fortnite competitions to the point where many players are confused around the ruling.
For 2020 (starting 1/20/20), we are taking action against any kind of in-game communication between opponents via signaling in official tournament matches. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Pick-axe swinging
- Toy tossing
Any cases of signaling like those listed above will now result in a teaming/collusion penalty. We want to be explicitly clear that pacifism-style gameplay is still allowed, but if signaling is involved, we will review and take appropriate action for the teaming/collusion penalty. Repeat offenders may be subject to increased penalties.