Fortnite gamer given life ban 'made another £20k' from YouTube apology

British Fortnite gamer FaZe Jarvis, 17, given life ban for cheating ‘made another £20,000’ from his tearful YouTube apology video

  • In the clip Jarvis said he was unaware using ‘aimbot’ software would lead to a ban
  • The 17-year-old’s apology has been seen more than 6million times in three days
  • Marketing and talent agency The Fifth said he likely made five figures from post
  • Mother Barbara Khattri said son was ‘broken’ after being banned by Epic Games

A British Fortnite gamer who was given a life ban for cheating ‘made another £20,000’ from his tearful YouTube apology video.

Jarvis Kaye, known as FaZe Jarvis, 17, uploaded the clip telling his 2million subscribers he was unaware using ‘aimbot’ software – which makes it easier to kill enemies – would lead to a ban from Epic Games.

Jarvis’s apology has now been seen more than 6million times in the three days it has been up.

Marketing and talent agency The Fifth has revealed the youngster likely made five figures from the post. 

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YouTuber Jarvis Kaye – known as FaZe Jarvis – apologised to his 2 million subscribers for using aimbots in Fortnite Battle Royale. It has now been revealed he could have made another £20,000 from the apology post

Jarvis, who is also a member of the eSports team FaZe Clan, uploaded a tearful video telling his nearly 2 million subscribers that he was unaware his actions (pictured) would lead to a ban

A spokesman told the Sun: ‘A safe guess is between the two figures $25,000 and $36,000 (£19,000 and £28,000).’

They added: ‘This could be way higher, closer to $50,000 (£39,000), however we don’t have access to things like video retention, geography, quality of viewers etc.’

Digital markets from London’s Fusion Media also said he could have earned around $27,000 (£21,000) for the video.

Digital markets from London’s Fusion Media also said he could have earned around $27,000 (£21,000) for the video

The gamer – who also has nearly 600,000 followers on Twitch – did not cheat during a competitive match, but did upload videos showing him using aimbots – which allow competitors to shoot others without taking careful aim

Fortnite is a battle royale-style survival shooter where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island to be the last one standing. The game boasts hundreds of millions of viewers worldwide.

As a YouTuber Jarvis could have chosen not to be paid for his tearful post – but paid adverts were still appearing on his page.

It is not clear the exact figure he will make due to advert earnings being based on engagement and not the number of views.

What are aimbots?

Using an aimbot in Fortnite is a hack that allows a player to automatically target opponents and moves the crosshair of your gun to them.

It can also help players see through walls, giving gamers huge potential advantages in the increasingly lucrative gaming world.

Epic Games is known to fight back aggressively against such hacks, and will ban anyone using software to cheat or alter the game.

Gamers can report when a player is suspected of using an aimbot or other hack. 

The pro gamer did not cheat during a competitive match, but uploaded videos showing him using aimbots in a public game using an alternative account.

In a tweet the youngster, who has nearly 600,000 followers on Twitch, said: ‘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.’

The teenager added: ‘I love all of you who still support me, this is not the end.’

But Epic Games have since confirmed he will remain banned.

Yesterday Jarvis’s mother Barbara Khattri said her ‘broken’ son had ‘made an error’ – but added the gaming community should ‘re-think how it treats people’.

Speaking from the family home, Mrs Khattri told MailOnline: ‘Jarvis made an error and he admits that. 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.’

FaZe Jarvis (far left) has amassed an estimated personal fortune of £2million and is part of the US eSports team named ‘FaZe Clan’ that includes his brother FaZe Kay (far right). Centre: His mother Barbara Khattri

Ms Khattri had earlier opened her heart in an emotional Facebook post where she said her son had been left in ‘despair’ by the decision to ban him for life.

‘A very wise friend of mine said ‘well the thing is you can never be happier than your unhappiest child’ – wow, so so true!’ she 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.

Ms Khattri (above), mother of cheating Fortnite gamer FaZe Jarvis today defended her son over the scandal

‘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 what ever 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’. 

Mrs Khattri’s pro-gamer son, known as FaZe Jarvis, lives with her and his two brothers in a detached home worth £1.3million in the picturesque commuter belt town of Oxted in Surrey. 

Brought up in a middle-class family by his mother, who runs a successful consultancy business, the teenager is said to have amassed an estimated £2m fortune and earned £27,500 in advertising over the last month alone through his YouTube channel with two million fans.

Javis and his brother Frazier, known as FaZe Kay, are said to have helped make ‘The FaZe Clan’, the esports team the brothers represent £6.2m in the past year – including £2.4m in prize money plus a further £3.8m from sponsorship deals.

The mother-of-three spoke after her son – who is currently in the US – was given a lifetime ban by Epic Games for cheating while playing Fortnite. 

The pro-gamer didn’t cheat during a competitive match, but instead uploaded clips showing him using aimbots – which allow players to shoot others without taking careful aim. 

The Khattri family including mother Barbara and her sons Chandler, Frazier and Jarvis

The teenager, who attended local comprehensive Oxted School, issued a grovelling apology to fans after admitting he had been caught bending the rules.

Jarvis’s tearful video telling his subscribers that he was unaware his actions would lead to a ban continued: ‘All I was thinking about whilst I was making those videos was just how entertaining and interesting these videos would be for you guys to watch.

‘It didn’t even cross my mind to think that I could be banned for life from Fortnite from those videos. I just want to be clear that this is the first time that I have ever done anything like this and of course I have never done this in a competitive game mode at all.’

Javis’s family say the teenage YouTube star is distraught over his lifetime cheating ban 

He added: ‘Epic Games you know I know how big of a mistake I’ve made and I’m truly like so sorry. Epic, I know I have to take accountability for my actions and I’m going to do my best to accept any punishment that comes my way. 

‘I’m not trying to find a quick road out but being banned forever is just – a lifetime ban – is just, I just didn’t this would happen.’ 

The length of the ban has caused a split in the gaming community, with many leaping to the defence of Jarvis Kaye. Fans have started using #FreeJarvis and it is currently trending on Twitter, pointing out that many people have done similar things, but with much smaller bans.  

Jarvis’s brother posted a copy of the video he made and tweeted: ‘I can’t put into words how upset Jarvis has been this week…please take your time to watch this video and share it.’ 

While many other gamers also leapt to his defence and implored bosses at Fornite to give the former schoolboy another chance and rescind his lengthy ban.

Part of the issue that has riled up some gamers is that two players, called Xxif and Ronaldo, were found guilty of cheating during the qualifiers for a professional tournament, but were only banned for two weeks.

It is unclear if Epic Games will stick to their lengthy ban or not. Fortnite is free to download, with additional content available via in-app purchases, including new skins, dance moves and accessories for in-game avatars.


Fortnite is a game that originally launched as a disk back in July 2017 and was then turned into a free-to-download game by its developer, Epic Games, in September. 

There are three forms of the game: ‘Battle Royale’, ‘Save The World’ and ‘Playground’.

Save the world is the original form of the game and is currently not available to play as part of the free-to-download game, instead it comes as part of a £30 ($40) extra. 

It is a co-op mode with a story that’s playable solo or online with friends.

Fortnite is a battle royale-style survival shooter where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island 

Users compete in teams of up to three to complete a variety of missions. 

It is rumoured that the game will be added to the free-to-play version of the game in the future. 

Whilst Save The World may be the original version of the game, its sister mode is by far the most popular. 

Battle Royale is a game of survival where players create a superhero avatar and compete against each other on a dystopian island.

Each game, or ‘match’ as each competition is known, starts with 100 players.

The aim of the game is to be the last one standing. Users can form allegiances and play in small groups.

To enable this and the interactive experience, the game allows completely open communication between players. 

Inspired by the Hunger Games novels and films, gamers search for weapons to help them survive. 

Armed with quirky weapons and amusing dances, the game has swept across the gaming world, with children flocking to it.  

While there is no exact figure on how many children play Fortnite, the game has so far pulled in an audience of over 125 million players. 

Playground is the latest addition to the game and is a consequence free mode with more loot and unlimited respawning to allow players to get creative.

It involved groups of up to four people working as a team and the players can hone their skills as the practise in advance of entering Battle Royale where they will face better players. 

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