In a significant gesture of remembrance and honor, Riot Games has introduced a special player card in Valorant to pay tribute to the late pro player, Gizem “Luie” Harmankaya. This move by Riot Games is not just a mere addition to the game; it symbolizes a deep respect and recognition for Luie’s contribution to the Valorant community and the indelible mark she left on the game.
Luie’s Legacy in Valorant
Gizem Harmankaya, known affectionately as Luie in the gaming world, was a prominent figure in the Valorant Game Changers scene. Her professional journey in esports saw her compete for teams like Galaktiucos Sirencs, Vivace Vista, and Unknownpros Female. Luie’s passion and skill in Valorant were undeniable, and her tragic passing in the devastating Turkey earthquake in February 2023 was a significant loss to the community.
A Card of Remembrance
Riot’s heartfelt tribute comes in the form of a player card, which is set to be a free reward for all Valorant players following a game update. When players update and launch Valorant, they will be greeted with a pop-up message that includes the phrase “THIS ONE’S FOR LUIE” and “Celebrate the life of GIZEM ‘LUIE’ HARMANKAYA,” encouraging the community to remember and celebrate Luie’s life. This card, not yet released at the time of writing, is expected to feature Luie’s name and player number, marking a unique and poignant addition to the game.
A Community United in Grief and Remembrance
The unveiling of this player card is more than just an addition to a popular esports title; it’s a symbol of unity and compassion within the gaming community. Riot Games’ decision to honor Luie in this manner is a testament to their commitment to their players and the communities they build. It also reflects the shared sense of loss and solidarity that gamers feel when one of their own is lost under such tragic circumstances.
Previous Tributes and Continued Remembrance
Before this player card, Riot Games had already paid tribute to Luie with a player title named “Gizem,” unlocked after completing five tiers of the Episode Six, Act Three battle pass. These gestures by Riot Games highlight the importance of acknowledging and remembering the significant roles individuals play in the esports world.