Valorant Indian Pro Player Abhay ‘Xhade’ Urkude banned for using Wallhack cheat in ranked games
India's Valorant professional player Abhay 'Xhade' Urkude of team Paratroopers was caught using wallhacks to raise his rank. Abhay himself has admitted to doing this on YouTube channel, which has now been deleted.
Further, Xhade has been permanently banned from TEC (The Esports Club) Invitational & further TEC events.
Abhay 'Xhade' Urkude is the first Indian Valorant pro-player who has been caught using unethical means to raise among the ranks. His team, Paratroopers, have also been disqualified from TEC Invitational, and will not be invited to the February edition of the event.
However, TEC has allowed the rest of the players to join other teams and compete if they wish to do so. Following a formal investigation, there was enough evidence to show that the rest of the Paratroopers were unaware of Abhay's actions, and this is why they are allowed to participate under a different name if they choose to do so.
However, Paratroopers will be receiving a 6-month from all TEC esports events & tournaments.
Indian Esports in controversy yet again
However, another player 'Binks' from Paratroopers has also been given a 3-month ban for account sharing.
This, along with Abhay 'Xhade' Urkude admission of using hacks, has once again put the Indian esports ecosystem in a spot of shame. The incident is also pretty recent, and we are yet to see how the global media fully reacts.
Sadly, this isn't the first time an Indian player has been called out in front of the global esports community for using scripts or cheats.
Back in 2018, Indian professional CS:GO player Nikhil "forsaken" Kumawat was caught red-handed in the middle of a tournament. This put a serious dent on an aspiring Indian CS:GO team, looking to make a reputation for itself.
Riot Games' lack of comment on the matter
Riot Games, the developers of Fortnite, are yet to release a statement on this controversial incident. Recently, in a post, Riot Games claimed to be thrilled with the kind of responses it has been receiving from the Indian Valorant community. However, Riot hasn't condemned Abhay 'Xhade' Urkude's action, or even released a statement about it.
The reason could be the fact that India is bearing down on China-based game companies, and Tencent owns Riot Games. The fear of a ban is probably the deterrent, fearing which we haven't heard a statement from Valorant's developers.
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