Fortnite star, Clix, recently received a personal warning from Epic Games that they would ban his account if he continued to host wagers with his viewers.
Cody ‘Clix’ Conrod was a part of the second generation of Fortnite pros who came up on Twitch after figures like Ninja and Tfue left the game. Out of the “newer” crop of Fortnite streamers, Clix is among the most popular – if not the most popular – streamers in the game.
The meta of Fortnite streaming changed after the old guard left. Instead of watching lighthearted pub-stomping content, viewers began to watch true pro Fortnite players who would scrimmage, box fight, and compete on-stream nearly every day.
One of the methods of competition was wager matches. Players would join a custom Zone Wars or box fight map and bet money that they’d win. Pros would often play one another with this format, but would also open the door to viewers – allowing them to compete against their favorite streamer.
This practice was relatively common in Fortnite, but Epic Games never supported it – for obvious reasons. There was always talk of a crack-down on Fortnite wagers, but nothing ever happened.
That was until recently when Clix was hosting wagers with his viewers on-stream. According to him, someone from Epic Games reached out to NRG – Clix’s organization – to tell them that if Clix continued to host wagers, he’d be banned.
Clix immediately stopped his wagers and told any viewers who signed up that he’d refund them. Clearly frustrated and dejected, Clix complained that Epic seemed to decide to crack down on him and let other streamers slide.
“I’m not even mad that they’re telling me to stop wagering. I get it,” he said. “The thing is, why me and nobody else? The whole com[munity] does wagers and I get warned.”
This warning comes on the heels of Epic banning high-level paid scrimmages at the beginning of the year. Epic cracked down on some of the biggest scrims in all regions for…