Fortnite eSports Pro Spouts Racial Slur “racist and proud”, Revealed Gun Stockpile
An esports pro has been slammed after a video appeared online in which an individual, who is recognized as Fortnite Champion Series Grand Final contender Sin, shows off a fully stocked weapons closet and states, in the year 2022, that the supply of firearms is “just in case there’s ever a zombie apocalypse or a n*gger outbreak.”
Sin, or Sin3278, isn’t new to professional gaming. According to the player statistic tracker database Fortnite Tracker, Sin has been contesting in different tournaments since at least July 2019. He made his first Fortnite Champion Series (or FNCS) appearance in October 2020, which is a huge deal. The FNCS is Fortnite’s most high-profile esports competition. Hosted by developer Epic Games. Getting on that stage is essentially Fortnite stardom. He didn’t place that high in his initial outing but resumed competing in the FNCS over the years. He climbed the ranks, and on May 22, he and his Duos teammate Acro placed second in a semi-final competition, securing them a spot in this weekend’s Grand Finals.
That same day, fellow Fortnite pro and FNCS North America East competitor Nexy shared a video from Sin in which Sin, standing inside what appeared to be a closet, supposedly showing off his “armory” of lethal weapons. There are several shotguns, pistols, rifles, blades, and loads and loads of ammo. All of this, Sin said in the short clip, was “just in case there’s ever a zombie apocalypse or a n*gger outbreak.” These are some harsh words to kill off your carrier for good.
— Nexy (@Nexybtw) May 23, 2022
“Crazy how [this] Sin3278 kid is allowed to play in grand after tweeting this,” Nexy said alongside the 13-second video. It spread quickly, catching the attention of esports watchdog Jake Lucky, who also tweeted his disbelief. Lucky subsequently shared a screenshot in which Sin doubled down on the video, confirming it’s him and saying he “never threatened anyone or said [he’s] gonna do anything.” There are other receipts of Sin’s tweets floating around as well, where he further defended the video and admitted to being “racist and proud.”
Acro, Sin’s teammate, has distanced himself from Sin’s remarks. He tweeted that he does not “agree with” anything Sin has done or said. However, it also seems that Acro has hidden replies that show him reacting to Sin’s video in a more lighthearted manner, complete with the crying laughing emoji.
Many players, such as Jonathan “yung calculator” Weber, have tweeted that this video needs more investigation from agencies like the FBI. Pro Alexander “Av” Vanderveen said the developer “had information about [Sin] for a week” without any enforcement happening yet. And some Black gamers, such as Apex Legends streamer Ninjayla and University of Maryland Director of Esports Sergio Brack expressed how this affects Black people. Said Brack, “We don’t just make this stuff up. Black people are not valued, protected, or respected in this space and I’m reminded of that on a regular basis…” Lemme tell you, Brack ain’t wrong here.
Epic Games has not addressed the matter publicly so far, so it’s unclear whether the video will affect Sin’s involvement in FNCS and how that’ll all turn out to be.