Riot bans two Valorant players after Galorants “teabagging” controversy

. Last updated: July 26, 2022

Riot Games has suspended two Valorant players from all competitions, including Game Changers, for up to nine months after comments on the Galorants Discord equating teabags with sexual assault went viral.

The Valorant Game Changers scene was thrown into the spotlight in late June 2022 after comments on the Galorants Discord ⁠ – a popular community dedicated to women’s esports ⁠ – equating teabags with sexual assault went viral and divided players.

Moderators on Discord were unable to end the discussion, resulting in messages being shared on social media. Some players made memes about the situation, with some calling the whole controversy “absurd”.

However, it has led to some serious consequences for two players. VCT Game Changers contestants “Dawn” and “Risorah” have been banned for “vulgar language” and “harassment.” Dexerto withheld their names for privacy reasons.

Describing the conversation, which took place over three days, Riot explained that Dawn and Risorah both publicly targeted a player for their stance in the altercation.

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Riot has suspended two Valorant players over an argument that equated teabags with sexual assault.

“On June 27, the discussion escalated into an argument that spanned several Twitter posts,” the ruling said. “Among Dawn’s responses was a vulgar and pointed remark to Player A.

“Risorah created several Twitter posts specifically targeting Player A, in which Risorah inserted Galorant’s Discord conversations between herself and Player A. Risorah then posted a video they edited in which she amplified and personally added vulgar comments about Player A.”

Both players have been banned under Section 7.3.1 of the VCT Global Competition Policy regarding “vulgar or hateful language” and Section 7.3.4 of the Riot Games Terms of Service regarding “harassment”.

Dawn has been suspended for three months while Risorah faces a nine-month ban.

Dawn contested the verdict, saying she was “literally told by Riot staff that what I said was not vulgar.”

She also continued the argument in her statement following her suspension: “I watched [sexual assault] happen in broad daylight. It’s not something you can compare to crouching in a video game. I was visibly upset by this, as were hundreds of thousands of people, and responded under their thread expressing my frustration and concern.”

Risorah accepted her punishment: “Although I still have a lot of emotions at the moment, it is worth noting that I will take this punishment with responsibility for my actions that led to my situation.”

However, many have called out Riot for double standards regarding the ruling, comparing it to previous suspensions in Valorant ⁠ — namely the 2021 ban of disgraced Sentinels star Jay ‘sinatraa’ Won.

Sinatraa was banned for six months for not cooperating with Riot Games in the sexual assault investigation against him. He was accused of making false statements and misrepresenting certain facts.

He was also forced to undergo professional behavioral training before emails revealed that a member of the Valorant Esports team allowed him to skip a mandatory section of that training.

Dawn will be lifted from the ban on September 27, 2022, while Risorah will remain banned until March 27, 2023.

https://www.dexerto.com/valorant/riot-bans-two-valorant-players-after-galorants-teabagging-controversy-1883150/ Riot bans two Valorant players after Galorants “teabagging” controversy

Emma James

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