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Valorant players Phox and W3ak have been banned from the game indefinitely by Riot Games for cheating.
Phox posted a Twitlonger announced that he’s taking a break from competing professionally, in his statement he stated personal issues that affected his dedication to the game, and that he lost the enjoyment he once had.
It later was revealed that Phox was banned from the game and wasn’t stepping away voluntarily as his statement described. He then released another statement addressing it.
In his final statement, Phox admits to cheating in Valorant and has been permanently banned for the game. He explains the reasons that led him to use a cheat and bringing to light his extreme mental health issues.
W3ak a former teammate to Phox was also banned indefinitely for cheating. He confirmed the ban on Twitter, saying “none of our teammates knew we were cheating. I got a message from Phox this morning saying he got banned, so I checked if I was too. I have now logged in to being banned, thought I could play it off.”
Not gonna try to prolong this anymore. None of our teammates knew we were cheating. I got a message from phox this morning saying he got banned, so I checked if I was too. I have now logged in to being banned, thought I could play it off.— weak (@w3ak) July 20, 2020
Both W3ak and Phox have been playing on the same North American Valorant team, Echo 8, in preparation for the upcoming $25,000 PAX Arena tournament this week.
Echo 8 will still compete in the upcoming PAX Arena Invitational despite two of their players dropping, PAX Arena Invitational starts on July 22.