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Riot Games has banned Singaporean players Malcolm “Germsg” Chung and Ryan “Dreamycsgo” Tan from future VALORANT Champions Tour events for match-fixing. The two cannot participate in any VCT events for 36 months, with the bans starting on April 22, 2021. The two players, as well as their teammates on Resurgence, fixed and bet against themselves in their match against BlackBird Ignis on September 22, 2020. The tournament, EPULZE Royal SEA Cup, was an Ignition Series event sanctioned by Riot.

Dreamycsgo and Germsg teammates received lesser bans based on the culpability and investigation cooperation, according to Riot. Justin “Boplek” Wong Chong Cheng and Sengdala “Jabtheboy” Jamnalong are only banned from VCT events for one year. Du Min “Mortdecai” Yeo and Benedict “Benaf” Tan are barred from VCT events for six months. These bans also started on April 22, 2021.

Germsg and Dreamycsgo banned for violating rules 7.2.1 and 7.2.4

According to the official Riot ruling, Germsg and Dreamyscgo violated rules 7.2.1 and 7.2.4 of the VALORANT Global Competition Policy. Rule 7.2.1 deals with match -fixing, while rule 7.2.4 deals with gambling on the outcome of a match or tournament.

According to the Riot investigation, Germsg initiated the fix while Dreamyscgo provided the cash for the bet. The two conspired together and told their team about the plan. Their teammates were apprehensive, but ultimately they did not inform Resurgence management or tournament officials. Furthermore, Germsg attempted to buy his Resurgence teammates’ silence, which, according to Riot, they rejected.

The fixed match was a group stage game in the South East Asian tournament. Resurgence were in Group B; matched against Vision Strikers, BlackBird Ignis and Paper Rex. In the match in question, Resurgence lost to the Japanese squad 0-2. They kept the score close in the first map, losing 10-13, then threw the next map away 5-13.

Dreamycsgo and Germsg can return to VCT competition in April of 2024. Boplek and Jeptheboy may return in 2022 while Mortdecai and Benaf can return in October of 2021.

Declan is an esports journalist and part-time editor for Upcomer. He is an avid gamer and League of Legends player. You can find him at the bottom of the leaderboard in most games or on Twitter.
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