In a shocking turn of events, Fortnite pro "Wrigleyy" was banned from FNCS along with teammates "Dictate" and "Userz." The move was in response to Wrigleyy's shocking tweet.
The tweet was directed at Donald Mustard, a prominent member of the gaming industry who’s worked as a creator and director on major titles like Fortnite, Shadow Complex and the Infinity Blade series.
Wrigleyy's team was banned after they qualified for the FNCS finals in the NA East Region. Despite making it to the final round, Fortnite outlawed the players for Wrigleyy's actions because it violated official rules.
Following the tweet, Wrigleyy’s Twitter account was also deleted. The player has issued no further comment or apology.
While the ban on Wrigleyy is in line with the official rules, many fans felt that a substitute player should have taken his place on the team. Banning the entire team from the finals seemed unfair.
Many fans felt that Wrigleyy's teammates were innocent and shouldn't have to face the consequences of one toxic player's behavior. However, others pointed out that a team is supposed to take responsibility for every member. If one breaks the rule, the team also has to bear the brunt.
Despite their hard work, Epic Games has not allowed the team to continue the tournament with a substitute player. The ban is more than likely to hamper their professional careers in one way or another.
Fortnite players take cheap shots at Donald Mustard
It's no secret that the Fortnite community breeds toxic gaming culture to an extent. A lot of professionals jump on the hateful bandwagon instead of speaking out against toxic culture.
When Mustard uploaded a picture of him attending the Superbowl, several Fortnite fans randomly tried to drag him down. They cited several issues with Fortnite and derided Mustard for enjoying the Superbowl rather than fixing the problem.
Professional Fortnite player, Cody "Clix" Conrod even tweeted out profanity directed toward Mustard before quickly retracting his statement.
While this behavior is exceedingly common in the Fortnite community, personal attacks destroy the relationship between developers and gamers.
When professional players set a bad example, vulgar aggression continues and evolves into more sinister advances down the line.
With the new season around the corner, professional players will hopefully take a nuanced approach when communicating with developers. The community can only hope that players strictly avoid personal attacks in the future. Such actions serve no one.