This move followed Jarvis's controversial lifetime ban from Fortnite , a punishment issued by Epic Games after Jarvis uploaded a video in which he openly used cheating software during matches.
While some have dismissed Jarvis's decision to cheat as a misguided but well-meaning attempt to entertain his fans, this was hardly his first questionable act. Here's a look at the shady side of FaZe Jarvis. In November , Jarvis hit the headlines after receiving a lifetime Fortnite ban. While the jury is out on whether a lifetime ban is too harsh, especially for a teenage gamer, Epic has not budged on its decision.
A surprising outcome given Jarvis's former status as one of Fortnite 's most popular content creators. Jarvis shot himself in the foot by filming himself using aimbots in multiple clips. Aimbots are a kind of cheat software that automatically aims weapons, giving the user a huge advantage.
Jarvis cheated in more than one match, and many say he should have known better given Epic's history with cheats. The developer has even filed lawsuits in the past. Though Jarvis did not cheat during a tournament, his decision to compromise the integrity of the game for his own profit and entertainment speaks volumes about his character. Did Jarvis know how much hot water he could land in when he filmed himself cheating?
Or did he get overconfident? In his "apology" video , he defended himself by saying he used aimbots only for instructional videos and never for competitive gaming. You'll note that he doesn't express any remorse over ruining the game for others, merely his "misunderstanding" of Epic's policies.
Aimbots are not always easy to detect in a match but Jarvis made more than one clip of himself using them. Before he was banned, Jarvis boasted to his fans about making more aimbot videos. Fortnite has a straightforward rule about using aimbots and players risk being banned and having their accounts locked or deleted for breaking it. Jarvis did not seem to care that his status as a content creator would inspire other Fortnite players to follow in his footsteps, leading to an influx of unfair matchups and infected computers.
While Jarvis's crocodile tears didn't drum up much sympathy, they made up for it with cold, hard cash. Jarvis is seen breaking down in the video, saying: "It didn't even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life.
Jarvis received a lot of criticism for using his ban to earn a big payout. The video has over 12 million views. Like so many rule breakers, Jarvis does not appear sorry about how his actions affected others, only that he got caught and has had to face the consequences.
His tearful admission seems like little more than a ploy to use his status to pressure Epic into reducing his punishment while making up some of his lost earnings. Titled "Banned 4 Life," it details his rise to fame alongside his brother and the Fortnite ban that followed. In the video, Jarvis is seen walking around shooting a number of characters badly dressed as Fortnite players until he gets taken down himself. That song earned the dubious distinction as "the cringest and most annoying rap song there was.
The song's technical failings aside, "Banned 4 Life" pokes more holes in Jarvis's apology. He continues to create YouTube content for his sizable fan base and the music video makes it clear he still does not understand or respect Epic's decision to ban him. Though some have called the video a " brutal prank ," it looks more like a set-up designed to use Jarvis's situation to earn the siblings some quick money. In the video, Kay sends Jarvis a fake email stating Epic had overturned the ban.
In both cases Jarvis eventually catches on, but not without what appears to be unintentional? This is not a huge surprise, as the brothers have filmed a series of prank videos, apart from all the other content they keep generating on their YouTube channels to keep their fans coming back.
Like the apology video and "Banned 4 Life," this prank has all the makings of another money making stunt. Despite being a hour suspension, it took a while for Jarvis to get his account back. We are trying to fix it," his brother tweeted. In the high-stakes world of professional gaming, racking up bans is not uncommon. Jarvis wasn't the first FaZe Clan member Twitch booted. A year earlier, the gamer H1ghSky1 had his account suspended following an age-related controversy.
FaZe Clan allegedly pressured the Fortnite prodigy into lying about his real age to compete in professional gaming leagues. This was one of many accusations made against the organization by Turner "Tfue" Tenney as part of a lawsuit. FaZe Clan has developed a reputation for its shady business practices, so the questionable actions of its members can hardly come as a shock. Besides gaming, Jarvis and Kay have built a popular side business making prank videos.
It inspired a part two a couple months later, though that managed a mere 3. Another of his popular prank videos is " 5 ways to prank your brother using Fortnite ," a sort of revenge for Kay's " 5 ways to prank your little brother. Clearly, Jarvis is not always the one masterminding the practical jokes; more often than not, he ends up on the receiving end.
For instance, in one video, Kay roped in his girlfriend Charlotte Parks for a break-up prank. Jarvis and Kay also have numerous hack videos and other content on their YouTube channel. While many look at this type of content as harmless fun, Jarvis and Kay's use of games like Fortnite to trick and upset one another contributes to an already toxic gaming culture filled with trolls and cheaters.
The question is: what does Epic Games think of this? Even if that is the case, it remains to be seen whether Epic can stop the teen from releasing content centered on their product. Should they manage to do so, it could set a new precedent for the gaming industry.
No matter the outcome, you can bet FaZe Jarvis will continue to do whatever he thinks will earn him the most views and money. All rights reserved. The shady side of FaZe Jarvis. Jarvis's dubious claim to fame. Jarvis may not be as innocent as he claims DailyMail. That un-banning prank looks like a set-up Kay. This is not Jarvis's first ban FaZe Clan. Jarvis and his brother promote toxic gaming practices.