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Riot Games delay Valorant Ignition Series event amid cheating suspicions

Published: 15/Jul/2020 15:51 Updated: 1/Aug/2020 15:53

by Andy Williams


Riot Games have postponed the WePlay! Esports Valorant Ignition Series tournament amid cheating suspicions among the players participating.

Update on July 15 at 3:15 PM (PT) / 6:15 PM (ET) / 11:15 PM (BST)

A Riot Games representative exclusively provided Dexerto with the following statement, after the events which unfolded surrounding the cheating suspicions during the WePlay! Invitational.


“During the WePlay! Invitational, we received credible allegations of a team cheating and escalated the issue to our anti-cheat team who is currently reviewing the pertinent matches. We asked the organizer to temporarily pause the tournament and hold the results while we evaluated the possibility of replaying portions of the bracket.

“At no point was the team Nolpenki under suspicion and, as such, their results will stand.”


Update on July 15 at 11:28 AM (PT) / 2:28 PM (ET) / 7:28 (BST)

The devs concluded their investigation into the situation of a possible cheater among the tournament. Host James Banks said that there wasn’t any foul play that affected the Grand Finals nor the qualifiers.

The two hosts went on to clear Nolpenki’s name as speculation arose after they were omitted from WePlay’s list of participants.

The original story is below.


During the WePlay! Esports Ignition Series event, the developers paused the event following reports of a potential cheat being used.

With Riot hot on the heels of players trying to get an unfair advantage, the Vanguard team placed the European event on hold, according to VALORANDOde Team Manager, Leon ‘Aricune’ Neziri.

“Riot Games delayed games of the WePlay! Esports Ignition Series Tournament of some teams by a couple of hours, to clarify the situation and double-check everything with Vanguard and it’s suspicions!”


This was later confirmed by the Liquipedia Valorant account, which also stated that “WePlay have removed Nolpenki from their participant list on their website.”

Nolpenki are a Lithuanian who placed first in their WePlay! Esports Qualifier, where they only dropped two maps throughout the entire tournament.


It is important to note that this is by no means confirming that Nolpenki has cheated, but should the squad be caught red-handed, it will likely result in a permanent ban from both future tournaments and the game.

Riot have vowed to put competitive integrity at the forefront of their intentions with Valorant. While cheaters are almost an inevitable part of any high-stakes esport, it appears that Riot are doing everything in their power to clamp down on them.

Vanguard has been implemented to help in the fight the ongoing battle against cheaters. While it has received backlash for its intrusive nature, it appears that it is most certainly doing the job, as Riot continues to ban players that have compromised their competitive integrity.

And this extends beyond the game and into Valorant’s esport scene, as Riot have also been actively monitoring their Ignition Series events to ensure that everyone is playing on a level playing field.


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.


As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
Riot Games
Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.