It’s been about a year since Jarvis Khattri decided to make a Fortnite aimbot video, resulting in a permanent ban from Fortnite. Most Fortnite players remember the fallout from back then, whether or not you followed FaZe Jarvis.
The cries of #FreeJarvis can still be heard to this day. This ban was extremely unfortunate for the rising star at the time, although the YouTuber was able to leverage his video game success into a vlogging/IRL channel.
On September 11, 2020, however, Jarvis tweeted that he’d be streaming Fortnite for the first time since his ban. The announcement was picked up by dozens of news outlets as the Fortnite community eagerly awaited the stream.
It’s been nearly a year since Epic banned me.Tonight @ 6PM PST I’m playing Fortnite for the first time back on Twitch. See you there.— FaZe Jarvis (@liljarviss) September 11, 2020
You may have heard what happened after Jarvis went live. He played a few minutes of his first match with black bars covering his information before a fateful press of the ‘start’ button revealed his Epic username to the stream.
Shortly after Jarvis’ IGN leaked, Epic Games banned the account. As you can see from the clip, it seemed like Jarvis wanted to get banned. As it turns out, he did.
Nearly every video game publication and Fortnite-related YouTube channel picked up on this story. A couple of days later, though, on September 13, Jarvis revealed what a few fans had suspected: the whole thing was a hoax.
FaZe Jarvis uploaded a video entitled, “I Tricked the Internet Into Thinking I Played Fortnite.” In the video, he showed how he and his friends staged the Twitch stream and baited Epic Games into banning him … again.
Over 50,000 unique viewers tuned in to watch what happened. Even popular Fortnite streamers like Clix fell for the ruse, expressing fear that Epic Games could sue Jarvis. What no one knew was that a fellow streamer, SlaterKodish, was the one controlling the action.
Jarvis made sure to turn off his subscriptions and donations during the stream. He was tricking his viewers, of course, and didn’t want to earn money directly from them.
The troll was a successful one. Jarvis succeeded in tricking a large portion of the internet and Epic Games, themselves, into thinking that he was playing Fortnite on a fresh account. In the end, however, the joke might be on him and the FaZe house. They’re now IP banned – meaning no one in their house can play Fortnite right now.
The video sits at over 1.5 million views and is number-one on trending for Gaming at the time of writing. It’s a fair trade as long as no one in the house plays Fortnite. It’s unclear if Epic will take note of the hoax and reverse their ban on the FaZe house. The organization probably has pull with publishers like Epic, but we doubt they’re in a rush to unban a house that directly trolled them.
Will Jarvis ever return to Fortnite? Probably not. A permanent ban is a permanent ban. This was probably the best outcome that Jarvis and his crew could have hoped for. THe Free Jarvis movement is alive and well.