Singaporean Valorant Player Chrysania Suspended For MMR Boosting, How Does This Affect The SEA Valorant Scene?
Last week, another suspension was handed out by Riot Games to a Singaporean pro player. Ian “Chrysania” Chin, former player of Singapore based Bleed Esports has been issued a four month suspension for MMR boosting.
The suspension is based on Section 7 of Riot Games' Terms of Service (ToS) and Rule 7.2.9 of the Valorant Global Competition Policy, which prohibits the boosting of Valorant accounts in any manner. Basically, Chrysania was caught boosting accounts of players for a quick buck and on a commercial service too.
The service was advertised on a Singapore-based selling platform and is catered to players in Singapore and parts of East Asia.
So why exactly is account boosting not allowed? To sum it up simply, it isn’t fair. While others had to grind and improve on their own, some people have better skilled players to boost their account rankings.
In addition, it also ruins the enjoyment of others in the game. Imagine playing the game and having someone who comes in and just stomps on lower skilled players in the lobby. Doesn’t sound very fun does it?
Chrysania’s 4 month suspension means that he would not be able to make it to this year’s Valorant Champions Tour 2022 which officially starts in May as his ban begins on January 28, 2022.
Chin’s suspension isn’t the first that’s been given out in Southeast Asia. IGN Southeast Asia reached out to VCT shoutcaster, HusKKiee for his input on how the behaviours of these pro players affects the region.
The VCT shoutcaster believes that there are several reasons why pro players end up violating Riot Games terms of conduct, “Either for monetary gain, which is the case for Chrysania, or just to gain an edge over their enemies. Some players might feel the desperation to win or to achieve something and it drove them to put their goals above integrity and everything else.”
Huskieee also shared that this sort of thing also happens in other regions and is not isolated to pro players in Southeast Asia. Bans and suspensions are also given out not only for MMR boosting but also for cheats, unauthorised comms, exploiting bugs during matches, unregistered players, and more.
The VCT shoutcaster also said that the most important thing is, “to educate the players on the importance of competitive integrity and their duty to uphold it especially if they are professional players. Sometimes external factors can be tempting towards those who want to go pro full time, and they want some quick cash grab or an avenue to qualify for something major. However competition is all about fair play, and it is definitely unwise to jeopardise your career just to get an advantage over your enemies.”
“Pro players should always lead by example as they are at the forefront of the competitive ecosystem. It's good to see the community and Riot Games themselves handing out punishments to violators and with concrete proof and reasoning. I hope these cases serve as examples to future 'aspiring offenders' to rethink their decision to break the rules and steer them on the right path.”