Disguised exits Game Changers due to unresolved cheating situation

Disguised exits Game Changers due to unresolved cheating situation
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Written by 

Sascha Heinisch


21st Dec 2023 12:55

Disguised, the esports organisation around influencer DisguisedToast has announced their exit from VALORANT Game Changers, citing a lack of anti-cheat systems within the programme.

The news arrives amid a slew of departures of esports organisations from the program, especially in North America.

Disguised out of VALORANT Game Changers

After only five months since signing its roster, DSG called it quits on Game Changers for now. During their history, the team showed strong regional performances but ultimately failed at the hurdle to qualify for international events.

The particular incident alluded to in Disguised's departure announcement is their match against "noot not," a team that competed in Game Changers Series 2 NA, which DSG faced off against in round 1 of bracket play, sending them to the lower bracket to play against the eventual winner o the event Evil Geniuses GC.

In the aftermath of the match, Riot flagged one of the team's players for compromising the competitive integrity of the event, not giving any more indication of the nature of the infraction. The team members would later call out "malibu" as the culprit, who claimed on Twitter that she didn't cheat but was tracked for ban evasion in a prior incident.

Disguised reacted to Riot's announcement at the time, listing the efforts their team had gone through and the investments it had made into the team only to be kicked to the lower bracket by a cheating team.

No further public response by Riot in regards to the situation, nor an official statement on changes for future prevention of potential incidents has been given at this time.

North America in a pinch

Disguised is not the only esports organisation that announced its departure from the programme. Evil Geniuses had let its Series 2 championship-winning team go at the beginning of the month despite reportedly remaining interested in maintaining a presence in the VALORANT ecosystem. 

Shopify Rebellion had let its prior team go shortly before the World Championship, recruiting Version 1's team and promptly winning the event, bringing the trophy back to North America.

Other organisations like FaZe, XSET, and Complexity had also let go of their Game Changers line-ups throughout Q3 and Q4. Only the dates for the season start of Game Changers EMEA are currently known, though an announcement of the start of the North American circuit is expected soon.

Sascha "Yiska" Heinisch is a Senior Esports Journalist at GGRecon. He's been creating content in esports for over 10 years, starting with Warcraft 3.

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