The streaming community has been quite vocal about Frazier “Jarvis” Kaye’s permaban from Fortnite. This includes Mixer trailblazer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who said the FaZe Clan content creator’s punishment was too harsh.
“He’s still super young, so I think he’s just a stupid kid making a stupid decision, and didn’t really think about it,” Ninja said.
He added that, since the cheating wasn’t in a competitive mode or during a Cash Cup, a permanent ban was a bit harsh.
Instead, Ninja suggested a six-month ban from competitive play.
One of Ninja’s teammates, Reverse2K, chimed in at that point in the live stream, pointing out that if he was a random player Ninja would want him permanently banned for showing people how to exploit aimbots.
“Let’s be realistic here as well,” Ninja responded. “There are people who get favoritism. But without your content creators, there’s a negative impact on your game.”
While his teammates, Reverse2K and Dr. Lupo, felt as though Fortnite would be fine without Jarvis’ content, Ninja appeared to sympathize with Jarvis since he felt that the content creator would struggle without Fortnite. He said that without access to the battle royale, FaZe Jarvis’ career might end since he can’t upload videos.
“What else is he going to play? He has to transition over from one of the most popular games, and one that’s made him skill-wise, and career-wise, and now he has to play another game,” Ninja said.
As the Mixer streamer continued to get backlash from his fellow content creators, Ninja pointed out a similar instance with Tyler “Tyler1” Steinkamp. The controversial streamer was permantly banned from League of Legends after multiple toxic incidents. This led to Tyler1 hiding his accounts just to keep playing.
“He could do what Tyler1 did, and make a new account, and only do stuff offline, and then upload videos,” Ninja said.
To this, Reverse2K said he was joking about a serious situation. They also reminded Ninja that if he or Turner “Tfue” Tenney made a video where they used aimbots, a lot of little kids would want to copy them.
“I’m not trying to empathize,” Ninja shot back. “I’m just trying to be a little realistic. I’m not saying he shouldn’t get banned at all.”
Many people on YouTube didn’t seem to agree with Ninja’s view on Jarvis’ ban. Some comments brought up that Ninja used to contact Epic frequently to get cheaters banned. Other YouTubers left comments in support of Jarvis’ punishment, saying he shouldn’t receive special treatment and he has to be held accountable for his actions.
News website Dexerto caught wind of Ninja’s discussion on Jarvis and published an article featuring his viewpoint. But when they shared the link on Twitter, Ninja didn’t seem to appreciate that they portrayed him as possibly siding with Jarvis 100%.
“I mean, I said he deserved the ban,” Ninja replied, adding an “lol.”
Some of Ninja’s fans began to call the tweet “clickbait,” since it originally had seemed to imply that Ninja was against the ban entirely. Others just continued their debate on Jarvis’ lifetime sentence, stating that he deserved it for cheating no matter how well known he is or how young he is.
Since the debate, Ninja has appeared to have sworn off the topic altogether. Instead, he’s back to discussing Fortnite’s Chapter 2 changes on Twitter.
Jarvis offered an apology to his fans on the same platform a few days ago, but hasn’t addressed the issue since.
“I’m going to take accountability for my actions and I understand completely why this has happened, I just wish I had known how severe the consequences were at the time and I would have never thought about doing it. I love all of you who still support me, this is not the end,” Jarvis tweeted.
Popular YouTuber Kavos replied sarcastically, asking Jarvis how he couldn’t have known there would be a severe punishment for cheating in a game he plays for a living.
“You knew the rules and so does everyone else and you can’t just expect special treatment because you are a big name. But hopefully you learn from it,” Kavos said.