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kennyS Valorant move blocked by Riot Games: Explained

CSGO Legend and former Primary AWP for G2 esports, Kenny ‘kennyS’ Schrub announced on Twitter about how he planned to move to professional Valorant for a brief period on OG’s Valorant roster.

KennyS was set to follow in the footsteps of many others such as ScreaM, Ethan, nitr0, HiKo etc. to make the switch from CSGO to Valorant, but there were many hurdles along the way. 

In his statement, kennyS stated that there was a short contract between his current team – G2 (for whom he’s warming the bench for the past year) and OG, for a loan of 2 months so kennyS could play in the upcoming VRL France (Valorant Regional League).

OG’s Valorant roster is fully French and would have been Kenny’s first French team in almost 3 years after G2 went international in late 2019. 

But game developer Riot blocked the move, and kennyS wasn’t allowed to play for OG to make his name in the Valorant scene just yet. Riot cited the reasoning as ‘contractual obligations’ on why the move was blocked. Kenny went on to say 

I don’t blame anyone, it is what it is. I would like to thank all the people that tried to make it happen on both G2 and OG”. 

After his benching from G2 in early 2021, kennyS has been streaming CSGO and Valorant on his Twitch channel and has gained quite a number of followers. It was also reported that he had been planning on building a team with fellow benched member Francois’ amaNEK’ Delaunay but nothing came to fruition.  

Come 2022, he was playing Valorant more and more on stream and reportedly was trialing with OG as well. Kenny also released a YouTube video explaining his side of things and confirmed that he was indeed planning on playing for OG, on loan from G2 but Riot blocked the move.

It is still unknown whether kennyS will look to try for more rosters on Valorant, or try to make a return to CSGO professionally. His spot on G2 was taken over by 16 year old Russian AWP prodigy Ilya ‘m0NESY’ Osipov, who will be playing his first major starting 9th May 2022.

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