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A RiotGames employee took to Twitter to call out an up and coming VALORANT player who said he was “taking a break” from the game when it turns out he and his friend were both cheating and caught instead. Amateur VALORANT players Phox and W3ak have been banned by Riot Games’ anti-cheat, Vanguard, barring them from competing in the game indefinitely.

VALORANT is no strangers to cheater, even with its controversial Vanguard anti-cheat system.

Phox announced yesterday that he’d be taking a break from competing professionally in the game. In his statement, he cited personal issues conflicting with his dedication to the game, along with his waning personal enjoyment of the title.

But Matt Paoletti, an senior anti-cheating analyst for @RiotGames, responded by saying, “If you come back, please don’t cheat next time.”

After it came it to lightPhox and W3ak was being forced away from playing VALORANT . After thisPhox released one last statement on the matter.

W3ak also stated that “None of our teammates knew we were cheating. I got a message from Phox this morning saying he got banned, so I checked if I was too. I have now logged in to being banned, thought I could play it off.”

Phox and W3ak had been playing together on one of the best amateur VALORANT teams in North America Echo 8.

Even though Valorant esports are still in their infancy, it’s clear the game will have to deal with the same issues that have plagued others like CS:GO.