ardiis was rumoured to be joining G2 Esports VALORANT roster.
Following a Medium article titled "Stopping a storm before it happens", which detailed CS:GO-turned-VALORANT pro ardiis' alleged cheating and match-fixing, ardiis has come out in his own defence regarding these allegations.
Ardis "ardiis" Svarenieks retired from CS:GO in April 2020 to focus on VALORANT, and was quickly picked up by Fish123 (Prodigy Agency), to complete their roster consisting of Adam "ec1s" Eccles, Dom "soulcas" Sulcas, James "Kryptix" Affleck and Travis "L1NK" Mendoza. ardiis very recently left Fish123 on June 14, 2020. Fish123 are widely regarded as the best EU VALORANT team in the scene right now, and this report could severely hurt ardiis' chances of being picked up by G2.
ardiis was most recently rumoured to be joining G2 Esports VALORANT roster, as they welcomed ardiis' previous Team Mixwell teammate Mixwell to the team, and G2 have yet to make a statement regarding the report. When ardiis left Fish123, many thought this meant a signing with G2 Esports was imminent, and if that is now off the cards, then ardiis' entire VALORANT career may be hanging in the balance.
The report was posted by the Anti-Cheat Police Department on Twitter, and accused ardiis of purchasing cheating software for VALORANT from private cheat developers, and features a video of ardiis discussing such matters over voice. Along with this were allegations of match-fixing.
The voice chat recording is a conversation between ardiis and two cheat developers, in which they discuss betting on games, match-fixing, and allege that ardiis "wants to throw games" but "the odds were never good enough for him to do so."
The report also states: "he also remarks that he wanted to bring in a cheater as a super sub to the team “for a few games”."
On June 16, 2020, ardiis released his statement regarding the report.
ardiis begins by defending the voice recordings, stating they are not "proof" of match-fixing, but goes on to say:
I cannot defend my involvement in listening to the proposal given to me regarding potential match-fixing, all of which occurred several months ago before VALORANT was even announced, at a time where I was at a crossroads in my CSGO career.
ardiis makes the point that his CS:GO career was failing, and that his finances were troubling, and that the prospect of match-fixing was "tempting", however, staunchly defends his innocence throughout his statement.
ardiis ends his statement by making it clear that he is willing to work with Riot Games and Valve to prove his innocence in these matters.
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