Indian Valorant Player Cheating: Abhay “Xhade” Urkude banned from Valorant for using Wallhacks. Abhay “Xhade” Urkude of Team Paratroopers admitted to cheating in his now deleted YouTube channel. Read more for all the details about the incident.
The Indian Esports scene has run into a controversy, and this isn’t the first time an Indian professional esports player is being caught red-handed. The most famous incident involves Nikhil “Forsaken” Kumwat, of Optic Gaming India, for using an Aimbot during an international tournament. But this time, Abhay went live on YouTube to admit that he used Wallhacks to climb the ranks in Valorant.
The incident has come to light while Paratroopers were playing in The Esports Club Invitational. Abhay is the first Indian Valorant player to be given a ban for using cheats & hacks. Another player from Paratroopers, Mithul “Binks69” Nayak has been given a temporary ban for account sharing.
Valorant Pro “Xhade” from the Indian scene admitted to cheating last night, a part of his response supposedly was that he used wall hacks, but not aim hacks, and it was partially due to his frustration of Valorant ranked matches.
— Jake Lucky (@JakeSucky) January 29, 2021
This incident is certainly going to hurt the Indian Esports ecosystem, as India still hasn’t fully recovered from the set-back Forsaken & Optic Gaming had back in 2018. The silver lining here is that after a thorough investigation, the other members of Paratroopers are in the clear.
India’s Esports reputation in peril again
The Indian Esports ecosystem is still reviving from the setback “Forsaken” put us in back in 2018. There has been tremendous growth since then, and we can see a lot of upcoming professional players trying to make it to the big leagues. This incident may cast a dark shadow over Indian esports players yet again.
The team members can join other rosters and continue to compete if they want to. But, the team Paratroopers has been given a 6 month ban by skyesports. Skyesports has also given a 3 month ban for Binks69, and he can’t participate in any of their events & tournaments.
Team ParaTroops & Player ‘Binks’ have been disqualified from ESPL Valorant PowerUp India Series 1 and will be banned for 6 months from ESPL tournaments effective immediately.#ESPL #esportsintegrity #faircompetition pic.twitter.com/VdnpDQ7im1
— ESPL (@ESPL_GLOBAL) January 29, 2021
As per this tweet, the other players have can still continue to play professionally. However, the incident is pretty recent, and we are yet to see how the global community reacts to it. We should remember that it is certain individuals who destroy reputations, and not entire teams.
It is interesting that Riot Games have not yet spoken out about it. Riot Takes hacks & script very seriously, and the lack of a comment is astonishing. This may be because Riot is part of Tencent, and India is very strict about banning Chinese game developers.