A high-ranking Valorant player was banned for cheating, right in the middle of a scrim against professional players.
On January 27, Anthony ‘antmanosca’ Manosca, a pro Valorant coach, was caught off guard as the in-game anti-cheat detected a pretty awkward situation, mid-scrim.
The game stopped suddenly, as players were alerted to the cheating player – who had somehow reached the highest rank in the game.
Radiant player banned mid-scrim
Midway through scrims with Dignitas Female, there’s a wave of shock as the game appears to crash before the screen is dominated by the infamous red ‘Hacker Detected’ screen.
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A quote tweet from Amanda ‘Rain’ Smith, one of female-fronted lineup’s main stars, reads “IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR SCRIM”. The original tweet quoted was from fellow squad member Juliana ‘Showliana’ Maransaldi.
IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR SCRIM 😂😂 https://t.co/aSygz1aGFN
— Amanda Smith (@rainGG) January 27, 2021
It’s antmanosca’s tweet is the true shocker though, as it includes a link to the original clip from the game. The random ban is met with complete confusion by Dig Female, as well as the coach himself.
Who was the hacker?
It turns out that, according to user @AntiCheatPD, the alleged cheater was player ReFleckFPS, who has subsequently received a ban in response to the incident.
The player known as @ReFleckFPS has been banned live in a scrim against the female team of @dignitas the player was rank 7 seems like vanguard is just on a roll to finding these closet cheatershttps://t.co/48TeGXJJX4
— Anti-Cheat Police Department 🕵️ (@AntiCheatPD) January 27, 2021
What’s important to note here is that a player managed to climb high enough using hacks to end up in a top 10 Radiant scrim, the highest level of the game. Although Vanguard eventually did its job, it was perhaps a touch late.
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Hackers and cheats, despite the developer’s best efforts, is still an issue rife in Valorant, with players calling on Riot to take more action, and more efficiently.
Promises have been made that the toxicity that is often associated with banned players is being addressed, but the problem of hacking and cheating also remains a target for the developers.