If you are following Valorant's competitive esports community, you might be familiar with the Anti-Cheat Police Department.
Anti-Cheat Police Department (anticheatPD) is a group of enthusiasts from the community who "specialize in gathering intelligence on cheats, in order to interrupt their business or break their cheats."
It's a community-driven organisation that wants to take things in their own hands instead of simply waiting for developers to react when someone is cheating.
To put it simply, they are something like modern-day vigilantes, but instead of fighting crime on the streets, they are working online to fight the cheaters and those who are making cheats.
This organisation is not related to any game specifically, but during the last couple of months, they have focused mostly on Riot Games' new tactical shooter, Valorant.
The man behind this organisation goes by the name GamerDoc, but his real name is Mohamed Al-Sharifi.
(Picture: Riot Games)
This 24-year-old resides in London now, but his story is a remarkable one, fleeing from a "war-torn" country to seeking asylum in the United Kingdom, and in his own words issues with homelessness.
"I am grateful to have been given a second chance in life; it was like almost four months ago; I almost went homeless again," GamerDoc explains in his TwitLonger. "Coming from the darkest era of my life where almost nothing mattered to me, I was pretty set on failure, even wanted to stop living."
He was haunting for cheaters driven by his passion and now his passion will turn into an opportunity of a lifetime. .
Now his dedicated work to put a stop to cheating has been noticed by Riot Games.
“The information people like GamerDoc provides helps us accelerate our anti-cheat development and ultimately gets cheaters out of the game faster,” Paul Chamberlain, the former anti-cheat lead for Riot’s Valorant, told Motherboard (via VICE).
And starting from next week, he is officially employed by Riot Games, where he will work as a part of their anti-cheat team, known for their controversial Vanguard system.
I can officially announce I will be working with the Vanguard team at Riot— GamerDoc (@ItsGamerDoc) September 14, 2020
"The entire Vanguard team is filled with the same passion as me," GamerDoc further added in his statement. "I really love their work and fight against cheaters, and I am honoured to be part of that team. I will work extremely hard to make sure I protect all the players and make sure we protect the competitive integrity of Riot's titles."
But not everyone is happy with this.
G2's Ardiis couldn't stop himself from giving a mocking remark over this news.
How have you scammed that then 🤔— G2 ardiis (@G2ardiis) September 14, 2020
The relationship between G2's superstar and GamerDoc can be described as abysmal, since the events from June of this year, when GamerDoc accused Ardiis of cheating and match-fixing.
This could have been an abrupt end of Ardiis' rising career as a Valorant pro, but he cleared his name and continued to be an unstoppable force.
Ardiis managed to clear his name from GamerDoc's accusations (Picture: G2 Esports)
It is not yet clear what role will GamerDoc have in Riot's Vanguard team.
He became famous as someone "who works from within" and infiltrates cheaters to gather info he needs directly from cheat creators and others "on the other side", but now when he's officially a Riot employee, it may well be harder for him to gain the trust of those kinds of people.
Let's hope that proves not to be the case.