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After 17-year-old Jarvis Khattri's emotional response to being issued a lifetime ban from "Fortnite" for using "aimbots," a software hack, FaZe Clan has issued a statement seeking a "fair compromise" with Epic Games.
Khattri is a member of the hugely popular competitive esports team FaZe Clan, which he joined after his older brother Frazier Khattri (FaZe Kaye) began featuring him in YouTube videos.
In a statement shared with Insider, FaZe Clan said it will "remain hopeful and stand ready to work with Epic Games in any way possible to come up with opportunity [sic] that allows Jarvis to play again at some point in his life."
Previously, "Fortnite" maker Epic Games told Insider that cheat software like Khattri used in YouTube videos was subject to a "zero tolerance policy," but members of FaZe Clan like FaZe Banks have argued that Khattri's punishment was unfair compared to other disciplinary actions taken by Epic Games.
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FaZe Clan is hoping to reach a "fair compromise" with Epic Games that will allow its 17-year-old "Fortnite" streamer Jarvis Khattri to play again, in light of the lifetime ban he received for using "aimbots" for YouTube videos.
In a statement shared with Insider, the major esports team said "FaZe Clan is deeply saddened by the devastating impact this had had on Jarvis's life. But we remain hopeful and stand ready to work with Epic Games in any way possible to come up with opportunity [sic] that allows Jarvis to play again at some point in his life."
The group, which includes Khattri's older brother Frazier (FaZe Kay), added, "Given Jarvis' young age and his all-consuming passion and love for Fortnite, we believe a fair compromise can be reached."
FaZe Clan members argue that the punishment for Khattri using aimbots was too extreme compared to other cheaters
The group also said that it is a "strong advocate for the rules and regulations of our industry," but noted that Khattri was not using the aimbots cheating software in a competitive setting, since he doesn't play "Fortnite" professionally, and "even warns several times during the video to never use the aimbot technology."
Khattri uploaded an emotional YouTube video after receiving the permaban that sparked discussion over whether the punishment fit the crime.
Previously, "Fortnite" maker Epic Games told Insider in a statement that it has a "zero tolerance policy" for cheating software, which it says gives players an unfair advantage and ruins the game for people who are playing fairly.
Other members of FaZe Clan have spoken out in defense of Khattri, suggesting that Epic Games took less drastic action for players who have cheated with greater consequence. Many used the hashtag "#FreeJarvis."
FaZe Banks (real name Ricky Banks) tweeted that "What Jarvis did was obviously stupid. It was a mistake and the point has been made very clear. Fortnite is a huge part of his life and I just don't see the punishment (destroying a 17 year old kids life) fitting of the crime."
Banks brought up another recent cheating incident that involved two competitive "Fortnite" players receiving a 14-day suspension after they were caught colluding with other players to place in a championship. After the suspension, the two players were able to advance and win monetary prizes.
"The fact that XXiF actually cheated in a competitive environment, received just a 2 week ban, wound up taking a spot at World Cup and plays to this day as if nothing happened while Jarvis is banned for life is fkn ridiculous," Banks wrote on Twitter.
Ninja, the most popular "Fortnite" streamer, also came to Khattri's defense, recalling when Logan Paul was suspended from YouTube for uploading a video containing footage of a dead body, but was ultimately allowed to return to the platform after a few weeks.
"There's a difference between a content creator who has millions of subscribers, who then gets banned from what makes him money, and some kid who is just a piece of s--- who has zero followers, zero money from gaming and hacks," Ninja said. "You ban Jarvis – it's different."
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