The Real Reason Fortnite Punished FaZe Sway

FaZe Sway put some of the speculation to rest when he tweeted out a straightforward explanation of what had happened. His creator code was allegedly suspended due to his participation in account sharing. FaZe Sway even elaborated on how he violated that item in the terms of service, stating that he had been “going on viewers accounts and getting them to champs.”

This is far from the first time “Fortnite” has penalized players for account sharing. During the World Cup Online Open, 48 players were banned for 14 days for account sharing. A creator such as FaZe Sway, who receives money directly from the game, is expected to act as an ambassador for proper “Fortnite” behavior to his audience. Taking over fan accounts and “getting them to champs” not only helps players level up faster and bypass monetization aspects of the “Fortnite” grind but may normalize the behavior for viewers.

FaZe Sway seemed to take his punishment in stride. After revealing that his creator code had been disabled, he tweeted that he “lowkey needed this as a wake up call,” and in a later Twitch stream stated that he didn’t really care about the issue. This may be because Epic Games’ description of the creator code cautions participants to “expect modest results” or because the punishment could have been more severe — he wasn’t banned, after all.

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