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Valorant's #1 ranked EU player banned for year due to cheating

Nisay, who was playing professionally for Besiktas Esports, was de-ranked and subsequently banned from competing for the next year.
Valorant's #1 ranked EU player banned for year due to cheating

Cheaters never prosper and there's no better example than now former professional Valorant player, Yasin "Nisay" Gök, who was banned for an entire year from competing in any tournaments after Riot confirmed suspicious of him using hacks.

Nisay found out just this past 2nd February that his account was de-ranked from Radiant back to Immortal, with cheating allegations surfacing, it seemed this was just an initial measure while the developers figured out if they needed to issue a harsher punishment.

From Nisay's perspective, however, it seems the decision to only temporarily ban him from all competition is a direct response to "community pressure," claiming in a Twitlonger that if they had found concrete evidence, the ban would have been permanent.

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(Image: Riot Games)

Furthermore, de-ranking an account before banning it is not a common procedure, regardless of how high up in the ladder one is.

As a result of this investigation, Besiktas Esports has decided to cut ties with Nisay effective immediately, with more information regarding the team's future in the Valorant scene soon to be revealed.

Sadly, it seems cheating at the highest level of Valorant is often too common, with a recent instance of a scrim involving Team Dignitas being cancelled due to the Vanguard anti-cheat system detecting a hacker midmatch