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Epic forced to defend winner of Fortnite Summer Skirmish

Published: 14:51, 23 July 2018
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This weekend's Fortnite Summer Skirmish has ended on a bit of a sour note after reddit hordes came after the winner, player called iDropz_bodies, for alleged cheating his way to the $130,000 prize. Epic responded though and cleared it up.

Now, it's worth mentioning that iDropz_bodies is virtually anonymous in Fortnite's circles, which definitely didn't help his case, although the fact that he wasn't streaming was probably what made everyone kick up a fuss. Well, that and the fact he took home $130,000 in total.

iDropz_bodies ended up first on Friday's scoreboard, racking up 184 points, ahead of FaZe cLoak with 165 and way ahead of peculiarly low ranking Ninja, who came in 14th with only 140. Anonymous player and on PS4 no less, dominating in Fortnite in such a manner? You can already see where this is going.

After streaming some of his replays, iDropz_bodies faced even further scrutiny, with some mathematical oddities quickly poking their heads out. It turns out that, mathematically speaking, his K/D ratio went from 4 in Season 4 and 4.5 in Fortnite's Season 5 to a 45 K/D over the course of Summer Skirmish, only to go back to normal afterwards.

iDropz_bodies ended up streaming his replays, which only resulted in more accusations of accounts created to inflate his kills. Some reddit users claimed to have found proof of those being freshly created, although Epic refuted that. Ultimately though, the man's Fortnite performance simply didn't look like it would be enough to win Fortnite matches, especially not consecutively and against that calibre of opponents.

Epic responded in the end, clarifying that iDropz_bodies was invited to Fortnite's Summer Skirmish for his performance in Showdown LTMs. He's actually had 129 eliminations, each versus a different account, none of which were created between the time he was informed of the competition and the event. They also defended his K/D, claiming that he's had multiple 20+ elimination games in his "Fortnite career".

Epic Games Table for Fortnite Summer Smash from Friday, 20 July 2018 Epic, Fortnite Summer Smash

Epic also pointed out there was no evidence of him using keyboard and mouse, even though it's not forbidden or anything. Admittedly, this sort of stuff may have been an oversight on Epic's behalf but I suspect we'll be hearing much more on this soon.

Just to break it down, iDropz_bodies took home $60,000 for winning Fortnite's Summer Skirmish, $50,000 for scoring most kills in a game and $20,000 more for each of the 20 kill games he's had on Friday.

You can find the accusation reddit post and Epic's response .

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