Valorant team Built By Gamers (BBG) was temporarily disqualified from the Knights Before Christmas Invitational after being accused of cheating during their match against Time In, the Valorant team of Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins, 2-0. Now, the popular Twitch streamer is under fire for the accusations.
Accusations were made after a clip of BBG's Tristan "Critical" Trinacty possibly locking onto a Time In player was shared around social media, and as more people voiced concerns that Critical might be cheating, tournament organizers Pittsburgh Knights initially announced BBG would be disqualified from the Knights Before Christmas Invitational, with Ninja's team advancing to the quarterfinals.
However, the decision has been overturned, so Time In will no longer advance to the quarterfinals, and BBG will be playing in the next round instead.
Members of the Valorant community criticized Pittsburgh Knights for their initial decision to disqualify BBG with esports insider Rod "Slasher" Brelsau calling them "hasty", stating that only Riot Games can decide if Critical is a cheater, not fans on social media.
“The only people that can decide if someone is cheating is Riot, not us armchair analysts going over 15-second clips like we’re flushaholics trying to chase our next high,” Slasher said.
Over on Twitter, Ninja supported Pittsburgh Knights' decision to act on the cheating allegations even after BBG was cleared, suggesting that the decision was justified because of thee previous cheating allegations made against Critical.
1/2 Sad thing is if you put spectator mode on any player they are gonna end up looking at someone through a wall at some point ?♂️ cant really disqualify him for it. Should of just put your concerns to Riot and carried on. If he ended up being found as a cheater. You could of just— Rogue AlexJJ (@AlexJJ) December 20, 2020
Fortnite pro Alex "AlexJJ" Campbell said that Critical shouldn't have been disqualified until Riot examines the clip, but Ninja disagreed.
"Just going to use your logic real quick. You are saying that if there are suspicions of someone cheating (for the fourth time) in a tournament for money, don't do anything until after, even though they knocked out several deserving teams unfairly? After the fact?" Ninja wrote."
Stressful day but I am off, thanks to everyone who defended me today and showed support and love to me and the team. Awesome to see the scene stand up for us and I couldn't be happier gngn <3— BBG Critical (@Critical_Val) December 20, 2020
While we were disappointed in the initial DQ, we are grateful for the quick resolution and invitation to remain in the tournament. That said, the team has elected to forgo the remainder of the tournament as we prepare for upcoming events.— BBG (@builtbygamers) December 20, 2020