Fortnite players accused of cheating just for watching other people play.

Fortnite developer Epic Games has falsely accused players of cheating who were simply watching other players' games.

Players using the 'spectate game in progress' feature received warnings that they could be banned from the popular video game for breaking its rules.

"Due to your recent actions you have been warned for 'Teaming'," the warning stated. "Please refrain from repeat offences or you may receive an account ban."

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'Teaming' is where Fortnite players on opposing teams work together during a Battle Royale match in order to gain an advantage against other adversaries.

Players receiving the warning claimed they were not playing the game at the time, only spectating.

What's new in Fortnite Chapter 2?

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A whole new world
Gone fishin'
Squad goals
Be invisible – or be very visible

What's new in Fortnite Chapter 2?

A whole new world

1/6 A whole new world

The redesigned map features 13 entirely new locations, as well as a changed-up layout

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Gone fishin'

2/6 Gone fishin'

Fortnite now has a host of different water gameplay features: you can get in boats (which double as cars), go fishing (fish can be eaten and given you health, but you'll also get guns), and swim across the water.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Squad goals

3/6 Squad goals

New features are meant to make playing with a squad more rewarding. They include the new "bandage bazooka", which lets you shoot teammates with health; carry fallen squad members; and celebrate with special new group emotes.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Be invisible – or be very visible

4/6 Be invisible – or be very visible

Objects now let you hide in them, so you can take cover in a haystack or a dumpster and wait to pounce. Or you can go the complete opposite way and use the new exploding objects, like gas tanks and barrels

Fortnite/Epic Games

Advanced armoury

5/6 Advanced armoury

Epic says it has streamlined the weaponry, and has given new ways of upgrading them.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Grind be gone

6/6 Grind be gone

Developers say that they have tried to get rid of the grind, and make levelling up a less frustrating and more fun process. The new battle pass features a whole new XP system and lets you earn medals through matches.

Fortnite/Epic Games

A whole new world

1/6 A whole new world

The redesigned map features 13 entirely new locations, as well as a changed-up layout

Fortnite/Epic Games

Gone fishin'

2/6 Gone fishin'

Fortnite now has a host of different water gameplay features: you can get in boats (which double as cars), go fishing (fish can be eaten and given you health, but you'll also get guns), and swim across the water.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Squad goals

3/6 Squad goals

New features are meant to make playing with a squad more rewarding. They include the new "bandage bazooka", which lets you shoot teammates with health; carry fallen squad members; and celebrate with special new group emotes.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Be invisible – or be very visible

4/6 Be invisible – or be very visible

Objects now let you hide in them, so you can take cover in a haystack or a dumpster and wait to pounce. Or you can go the complete opposite way and use the new exploding objects, like gas tanks and barrels

Fortnite/Epic Games

Advanced armoury

5/6 Advanced armoury

Epic says it has streamlined the weaponry, and has given new ways of upgrading them.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Grind be gone

6/6 Grind be gone

Developers say that they have tried to get rid of the grind, and make levelling up a less frustrating and more fun process. The new battle pass features a whole new XP system and lets you earn medals through matches.

Fortnite/Epic Games

Several Fortnite players shared screenshots online of the warning that they received, prompting a response from employees of Epic Games.

"Thanks for raising this with us," one employee wrote in response to a Reddit post highlighting the issue. "This is definitely not working as intended. We are going to address this as quickly as possible."

Fortnite players face sever bans for breaching the game's rule, with eSports professional Jarvis Kaye recently receiving a lifetime ban for using an aimbot cheat that improved the accuracy of his shooting.

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Despite apologising to Epic Games and appealing for the ban to be reconsidered, Epic Games has refused to reinstate Mr Kaye's account.

"We have a zero tolerance policy for the usage of cheat software," Epic Games told The Independent. "When people use aimbots or other cheat technologies to gain an unfair advantage, they ruin games for people who are playing fairly."

A spokesperson for the company was not immediately available to comment on the latest issue, however some players who received the warning revealed on social media that Epic Games had addressed the issue.

One player said he received around $10 (£8) worth of Fortnite's in-game currency V-Bucks for the mistake.

"We incorrectly took action against your account," a message on the player's home screen stated. "We're sorry and will be granting 1,000 V-Bucks to your account to compensate for the error."

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