The esports world was recently shaken by a controversy surrounding Knights Arena, a prominent North American Valorant Challengers League Tournament Organizer. The organization found itself in the spotlight after allegations of stolen registration fees came to light, leading to the firing of a key employee.
A former participant of a Knights Arena Valorant tournament raised concerns about an employee, events manager Jasper ‘sfX’ Ko, alleging that he was owed approximately $200 in registration fees. Following these allegations, sfX announced his departure from Knights. The situation escalated rapidly, prompting Knights to launch an official investigation.
Knights Arena’s Response
In a public statement, Knights Arena confirmed the termination of the said employee. The organization revealed that the individual had misled event participants by directing them to a personal payment portal, making them believe they were using an authorized Knights Arena payment method. In reality, the funds were being siphoned away from Knights Arena.
Knights Arena has taken a proactive approach in addressing the issue. They are currently in touch with the Americas Valorant Players Union to document the incident and are reaching out to affected individuals for refunds. Furthermore, they have reported the matter to local authorities, hinting at potential legal actions against the individual involved.
Knights Arena, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been a significant player in the esports arena. They have collaborated with Riot Games for various events and have been organizing weekly and monthly tournaments in Valorant. Additionally, they have a competitive roster in games like Rainbow Six: Siege and host LAN esports events in Pittsburgh.