Esports organization Movistar Riders has released Rui "rapaztriste" Fonseca from its Valorant squad for cheating. The organisation released a statement today on Twitter explaining that rapaztriste was caught cheating during the qualifier of the LVP Rising Series.
The exact method of cheating is not known. The rest of Movistar Riders has been barred from participating in the current qualifier, but are invited to try again at the second series in April.
Rapaztriste played only three games with the roster favouring Breach. He was almost entirely unknown before his signing on the 16th. He performed extremely well in the three games he played, averaging just over 26 kills.
Allegedly, the player’s teammates tipped management off to the cheats before they were confirmed by LVP and developer Riot Games.
The hosts of LVP Rising issued a public statement thanking Movistar and Riot for their swift involvement in rapaztriste’s case. Movistar also issued a public apology to their fans and the other teams.
(Picture: Liga de Videojuegos Professional)
Movistar Rider's is a Spanish based esport organisation with teams in Clash Royale, FIFA, League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Hearthstone and Rainbow Six: Siege and Valorant.
Their Valorant roster fields European based players and the organisation intends to stand by the four remaining players, their names are:
- Carlos "scarx" Enrique Sánchez
- Maks "kamyk" Rychlewski
- Mihály "Tishler" Kállai
- Michael "mikigoalie" Buzek
Valorant has attracted both the casual and competitive CS:GO player base when it first released in June of last year. CS:GO has a history of cheating and match-fixing scandals.
Players like Hovik "KQLY" Tovmassian and Elias "Jamppi" Olkkonen have generated lots of controversy with their cheating bans while match-fixing has left a permanent stain on some regions. The Esports Integrity Commission has previously published several instances of cheating from both CS:GO players and coaches, but the organization is not yet active in Valorant.