It was a wild weekend in the European region of the Fortnite FNCS, full of stream sniping allegations, Twitter firestorms, and players leaving matches before they were eliminated. The central figure in all of the drama was longtime Cooler pro, David “Aqua” Wang.
The World Cup Duo Winner was under fire for stream sniping when one of MrSavage’s fans posted a screenshot of the chat log. You could see AquaV2 in MrSavage’s chat, suggesting that the former pro was stream sniping Savage’s team.
The screenshot came after Aqua’s team pushed MrSavage, Benjyfishy, and LeTsHe – seemingly with no information on how healthy they were. When the former team had lost the fight, they decided to leave the game to prevent their only alive teammate from adding to the latter team’s loot.
When Benjyfishy and his trio got back to the lobby, Benjy deleted Aqua from his friends list. Twitter did the rest, and Aqua fought back. He posted clips of several pro players leaving games or eliminating themselves, including Benjyfishy’s teammate, MrSavage.
For their part, Aqua and his team received competitive warnings for leaving the game. This only fueled the accusations of stream sniping as the day went on.
When Aqua woke up the next morning, he saw that his warning had turned into a ban. According to the pro, his ban wasn’t for leaving the game or stream sniping, but for his follow-up tweets regarding the situation. It’s tough to tell exactly which tweets crossed the line – there were quite a few out there – but Aqua had, reportedly, been alerted that there were two.
Later that day, Aqua released a statement regarding his ban on Twitter. “In one of my semi-final games yesterday, I made a bad decision which violated Fortnite’s competitive code of conduct,” he wrote. ” It was an action which I am not proud of and I know that it can negatively impact other players in my lobby.
Aqua went on to clarify that it was his tweets that got him banned, not his in-game actions. “I accept the warning for leaving the game and also that my tweets were poorly timed and uncalled for. I am sad that I will be missing out on competing with my teammates in the FNCS heats and finals because of some tweets and am hoping that Epic can re-evaluate their punishment.”
If Epic’s past bans are any indication, they likely won’t be un-banning Aqua before the FNCS Grand Finals next weekend. We expect Noahreyli and Rezon ay to find a replacement.
Unfortunately, the timing of this ban means that Aqua won’t be able to compete in DreamHack Duos, either. We’ll keep you posted if there are any updates to this story, but we expect Aqua to be done with the Season 4 FNCS.