The 100 Thieves Valorant team has been fined $5,000 for a “delay of game” and the team’s coach Hector ‘Frost’ Rosario has been suspended for “unprofessional behaviour” towards a Riot Games tournament official after a match against Immortals at Valorant Champions Tour Masters. The said offences occurred on March 21 at VCT Stage 1 Masters which was the biggest Valorant esports event to date. According to Riot Games, the incident happened during the 100 Thieves vs. Immortals Upper Bracket Quarterfinals game on March 12. There was a dispute over player ping which cause the match to start an hour later than what was scheduled.
Why Went on During the 100 Thieves vs Immortals Match
The delay in the 100 Thieves vs Immortals game was attributed to technical difficulties at the time. But after the tournament ended, Riot Games posted its official ruling. The conflict between 100 Thieves and Riot Games began when the team disagreed with the tournament organizers on what is an acceptable level of ping. The team has been fined $5,000 for a “delay of game” and coach Hector ‘Frost’ Rosario has been suspended for “unprofessional behaviour” towards a Riot Games official.
Riot Games’ Statement
Here is the official ruling against 100 Thieves:
“100 Thieves disagreed with the Tournament Official’s choice of servers. 100 Thieves members entered the in-game shooting range in order to prevent Tournament Officials from initiating game start in the VALORANT client.FrosT joined a Discord voice channel to speak with the Tournament Official and attempt to argue for a change to the server decision. During this time, FrosT refused to accept the decision from the Tournament Official and treated the Tournament Official in an unprofessional manner.
FrosT threatened to leverage players’ social media platforms against the Tournament Organizer and Riot Games as a response. A Riot Games employee entered the channel and reiterated the server decision, the rationale behind the decision, and the finality of the decision. 100 Thieves players proceeded to leave the shooting range and allow Tournament Officials to begin the series, after a delay to the start of the game of approximately an hour.”
100 Thieves disagreed with the statement put out by Riot and responded with a statement of its own. They stand by the coach and also submitted “proof” that some of the things claimed by Riot Games aren’t true.
100 Thieves’ Response to Riot Games
100 Thieves responded to the ruling. The team stated, “We disagree with Riot’s competitive ruling against our VALORANT head coach FrosT and strongly disagree with Riot’s public release and mischaracterization of the incident after we complied with their investigation,” the statement reads. “We were blindsided by the characterization of this issue and feel as if it has been blown out of proportion.”