Cheating has been a serious problem for all online games, and developers work at preventing it to protect the quality of their titles. After playing competitive games for many years, seeing somebody cheating in a casual game is ordinary to me. However, when it happens in a tournament, things are getting complicated. On Jan. 16, Spanish organization Movistar Riders’ newest player, Rui “rapaztriste” Fonseca, got caught cheating in VALORANT LVP Rising Series.
The Movistar Riders aren’t a powerhouse in esports, but are among important organizations in Spain and have been competing in several fields. They established their VALORANT division back in October. Even though the team performed well in multiple regional events, they haven’t found any serious success in Europe.
The incident occured on Jan. 16 in the LVP Rising Series Qualifier. In the qualifier, which hosted 256 teams that competed against each other to qualify for the main event, the Movistar Riders eliminated their rival. After the match, the opposing team’s players contacted Raquel Esperanza, VALORANT team manager of Movistar, and informed him of suspicious behavior and gameplay of Rui “rapaztriste” Fonseca, according to the statement.
LVP and Riot Games have started an investigation following the incident, and rapaztriste was found to be “using resources not allowed within the game to gain a competitive advantage.” In short, he was using a cheat.
The Movistar Riders finished the statement with an apology: “As a response from the club, the player is no longer part of Movistar Riders. From here, we want to apologize to LVP and Riot for what happened and thank them for their speed and their availability to find a solution to the problem. Of course, we also want to extend our sincere apologies to all Valorant fans and tournament participants.”
Fonseca hasn’t made an explanation or sent a tweet, in fact, he deleted his Twitter account.