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Fortnite pro gets team banned for threatening Epic Games executive


How to ruin your esports career in one tweet (pic: Epic Games)

A team competing in a Fortnite tournament has been disqualified after one of its members threatened Epic Games’ Donald Mustard.

It’s one thing for professional Fortnite players to get heated with each other, but one player has got his whole team in hot water when he openly threatened Epic Games’ chief creative officer Donald Mustard.

Known as Wrigley, he and his team were competing in the Fortnite Champion Series, specifically in the North America East region, and had managed to qualify for the finals. But, for whatever reason, he tagged Mustard in a Tweet that told him to kill himself.

Wrigley’s account has since been deleted and his whole team has now been disqualified from the tournament, according to an email sent to and shared by one of Wrigley’s teammates.

The offending Tweet in question before it was deleted (Pic: Dexerto)

Not only has this cost the team their hard work, but also their shot at the $690,000 prize pool (which is nearly £500,000). Even if they didn’t end up winning the whole thing, they still could’ve walked away with some money, but are now forced to leave with nothing.

The other two teammates have contested the decision, with Userz saying that Wrigley’s actions were out of their control and requesting that they be allowed to substitute him so they can continue playing.

While there’s obviously no condoning Wrigley’s actions, some argue that it is unfair for the entire team to be punished for what one person has done.

Esports reporter Jake Lucky compares the situation to the recent suspension of Valorant player Sinatraa, who was hit with sexual assault allegations, saying it would be like if the rest of Sinatraa’s team were disqualified from competing as well.

At the time of writing, Wrigley has not issued a comment or apology and there’s no word from Epic on whether it will allow the other team members to take part with a replacement.

Fortnite is available on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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