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Is it time for the Fortnite community to forgive XXiF and Ronaldo?

With the Fortnite World Cup solo competition taking place a year ago, today, we decided to reflect on one of the biggest stories coming out of the tournament: the XXiF and Ronaldo cheating scandal. For those who don’t know, XXiF and Ronaldo were duo teammates back in the World Cup days. Both of them were accused of cheating by having kills fed to them in the solo format from players who were already out of the running.

Epic reviewed the clips in question and banned both players for two weeks. This was the first professional cheating scandal to rock Fortnite, and Epic weren’t prepared for it. The two returned after their ban, only to qualify for the grand finals as a duo.

The community came together to collectively roast both of these players. Their organization dropped them and they had to compete as free agents. At the World Cup finals LAN event, the crowd cheered as the duo was eliminated on the big screen. DrLupo even called XXiF a “bot” during the official broadcast.

Since the World Cup, both XXiF and Ronaldo left Fortnite to pursue Valorant. It would have been tough for them to build their way back into the community, as 90% of players knew them only as “the World Cup cheaters.”

We said that this was the first professional cheating scandal in Fortnite, but it wasn’t the last. See that search bar at the top of the screen? Type “cheat” into that. Dubs, Kreo, Bucke, Slackes, and Keys have all been banned for cheating in tournaments – and that’s only in the NA-East region. We’ve also seen Japanese pros, console pros, and Australian pros banned for cheating – and some of their transgressions are far worse than anything XXiF and Ronaldo did. We’re talking about aimbot, macros, and DDoSing.

Bucke, Keys, Kreo, and Slackes were all banned for teaming with one another during the FNCS Duos competition. As you can see from the clip, they used one another for Storm Surge tags while in the Slurpy Swamp area. They would shoot one another – make…