100 Thieves Feud With Riot Games Over Valorant Champions Tour Delay of Game Fine
100 Thieves have been fined for “delaying a game” over a player’s ping for nearly an hour during their Valorant Champions Tour match against Immortals. This delay came after a tournament administrator directed 100 Thieves to begin their match, which 100 Thieves coach Hector “Frost” Rosario said was done to preserve competitive integrity and felt that administrators were unfair to his team after several calls against them.
Frost has been placed on competitive probation by Riot for the rest of the 2021 Valorant Champions Tour as a result, and 100 Thieves paid $5,000 in fines as a result. This effectively serves as a warning for 100 Thieves and Frost, who could be banned if another offense happens during the season.
What Happened Exactly in This Situation?
According to Riot’s investigation, 100 Thieves and Immortals players entered a lobby to prepare for Game 1 of their Quarterfinals matchup in Masters 1. Typically, teams and officials work together to select a server that’s central to everyone. 100 Thieves disagreed with the selection of the server. 100 Thieves then entered Valorant’s shooting range to prevent the match from being started.
During this time, Frost was said to have had a verbal altercation with tournament officials, which drew a Riot employee into the channel, who directed the match. Riot said that Frost threatened tournament officials with leveraging social media, which 100 Thieves denied doing, aside from saying it would be a shitstorm if they were disqualified. 100 Thieves released a video of this part of the altercation, but Riot claims that this clip was not the entire video, as they updated their statement to reflect.
These findings were found after conducting interviews with all parties involved, listening to audio logs, as well as screenshots of the situation.
Here are the rules Riot says were broken:
9.1.4 Between Matches
…If all the players are not ready to play and in their seats (if applicable) at the time designated to them by the Referees or Tournament Oﬃcials, the Team can be sanctioned for delay of Game.
7.1.2 High Standards
All Teams and Team Members must observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship at all times. Team Members must behave in a professional and sportsmanlike manner in their interactions with other competitors, Tournament Officials, the Tournament Operator, the media, sponsors and fans…
No Team Member may refuse to comply with the instructions or decisions of the Tournament Operator or the Tournament Officials.
100 Thieves Responds to the Situation
100 Thieves responded to Riot’s release, despite agreeing to pay the fine and looking to move on from the incident at the Valorant Champions Tour. They said that their response had been “mischaracterized” and that they would have preferred to deal with this incident in private rather than having it blasted out on social media.
“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 around a minor competitive matter,” 100 Thieves said in a release. “In a previous match vs. TSM, the tournament organizer made a ruling regarding ping & servers that favored our opponent. In our subsequent match vs. IMT, the TO again made a ruling around ping & servers that was not in our favor, and which was in direct contradiction with the rules they cited previously in the TSM match.”
Once they began to cooperate, Frost (former CEO of Flipside Tactics) escalated the situation and caused a question of insubordination with the Riot tournament organizers that led to the fine.
“Our team held up the game so that our coach could challenge the ruling. As the situation escalated, Frost told the tournament organizers, “if you DC us, you are in a bigger shitstorm than we are”, but never threatened to leverage social media, as was stated by Riot. We were arguing for competitive integrity and felt like we were being unreasonably shut down by the tournament organizers.”
Mainly, 100 Thieves doesn’t have an issue with the ruling, but how it was announced to the fandom (as Riot does with every competitive ruling), and its wording.
“When Riot contacted us about the incident, we complied, and the discussion concluded with us feeling like this was a minor issue with a small fine, which we accepted,” they concluded. “We were blindsided by the characterization of this issue and feel as if it has been blown out of proportion. We would have preferred for such a small issue to have been kept private. We plan to pay our fine and move on from this matter. We feel our coach was fighting for our players and fans in advocating for competitive integrity. We’re moving forward, and our sole focus is on improving our team’s performance for the upcoming Valorant tournaments.”
It remains unclear if Riot will further respond to the 100 Thieves situation, though in the past, they have not been kind to teams that had pushed back on competitive rulings in this way, especially when evidence from both sides did not match up. 100 Thieves’ statement says they will just be moving forward from this, but Riot will be likely to be watching the team closely from here on to make sure they are toeing the line.