Which is certainly the case for Jarvis Kaye, a seventeen-year-old gamer who was recently banned from playing cult video game Fortnite for life after it transpired that he had cheated the system whilst a member of the eSports team FaZe Clan.
Jarvis, who is also a professional YouTuber (of course), took to his channel to inform his near two-million followers of Fortnite’s decision to ban him for life in punishment for his cheating. In case you’re wondering how exactly he cheated, Jarvis manipulated the gameplay by using ‘aimbots’ to perfect his marksmanship and score more points.
Which, if you’re someone who was around in the 2000s, like me, you wouldn’t really think is the height of transgression. Anyone remember how solid Saints Row 2 could be unless you punched in a few codes to give yourself unlimited health and ammo? And I still haven’t completed Cat in the Hat on PS2, even with cheats!
But according to the bosses of Fortnite, Ol’ Six-Gun Jarvo will find no redemption in his emotional apology, which has now gone viral. In response, Jarvo’s mum, Barbara Khattri, has blasted the Fortnite bosses for their harsh treatment of her dear son.
‘Jarvis made an error and he admits that,’ Ms Khattri told MailOnline. ‘But the gaming community needs to re-think how it treats people.
‘He’s broken. He loves that game. He doesn’t have a devious bone in his body and what I really know is that for any mistake that doesn’t physically harm a person there should be the chance to make amends.’
In a rather melodramatic Facebook post that has since been deleted (probably because it was rather melodramatic) Ms Khattri wrote:
‘It’s my turn at the moment to be feeling that abject pain, despair and helplessness today. My youngest son Jarvis made a genuine, naive error of judgement and is currently banned for life from something he loves.
‘It’s been a very long, tough week and I’ve woken this morning with it trending on Twitter where there is both overwhelming support and criticism for him.
‘As not only a parent and a boss but mostly as just a person, I know first hand how so often the lesson is so much better learned when there is the opportunity to take full responsibility, and actually in whatever way fix or right the wrong!
‘I pray for Jarvis that this is the case for him. I’m not looking for agreement with my point of view at all, I just thought that there’s as much power in sharing when we feel scared and confused as when we’re on top of the world.’
Whichever way you look at this, I think it’s safe to say this has been blown way out of proportion. In the video, Jarvis tearfully professes his unyielding love for Fortnite, claiming that it has changed his life. But only because his dedication to playing the game so intensely has likely had a negative effect on his grades at school.
Then there’s the Fortnite bosses, who are rather viciously smearing a seventeen-year-old on social media over something as trivial as improving his gameplay to entertain his YouTube fans. I mean unless he was in breach of contract, which is isn’t because he doesn’t work for Fortnite, what’s the problem?
Either way, at least now he’ll probably do his homework. He’ll thank the Fortnite bosses when he gets to Oxbridge. Right, Ma?
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Max is an awkward Medievalist struggling with ever evolving technology. When not writing for The Hook, he can be found attending self-help classes for his decade-long addiction to KFC. His greatest achievements include getting blocked by Owen Jones on Twitter and completing the Metro quick crossword in just under twenty-seven hours.Follow