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Tarik proposes new VALORANT Pro League to counter crypto throwers

In his most recent stream, VALORANT streamer Tarik “Tarik” Çelik proposed establishing a league monitored by himself and a small group of people in response to “crypto throwers” in VALORANT tournaments.

The topic emerged a few days ago when Tarik was in the middle of his usual VALORANT routine. A teammate brought up the issue of dishonest crypto gamblers.

He explained that crypto-bettors would jump into a pro player’s game while streaming, place a losing bet on the match, and then throw or mess up the game on purpose to win the bet and make money.

If the crypto-bettors land on the streamer’s opponent, they would place a winning bet on that streamer and then mess up the game for his team.

Pros and other vulnerable players have been strongly discouraged from competing in any competitive games because of the prevalence of crypto throwers at the highest levels of play.

Tarik’s league

Tarik said his professional league would give top VALORANT players like himself a place to improve their skills without having to deal with crypto throwers.

The Turkish-American streamer didn’t share many specifics about how this league would function. However, to avoid issues with crypto throwers, this league would only let people at the highest levels join after professionals carefully review them.

“I’m brainstorming it all. But, basically, how I see it going is that if you are a franchised player, if you’re a player on a franchise team, you can join directly,” the 26-year-old player said.

His league will also have an invitation-only policy, which means that only the franchise players and those under contract with a top-tier club would be guaranteed entry.

“And then, if you’re a contracted player for VALORANT on a tier-1 org, then you can join right away,” he added.

The requirements are as follows: A player must finish in the top 50 in one of the previous three Acts. They must have spent a minimum of six months under contract with a team in the last two years. They also need to have streamed more than 500 hours of VALORANT in the past year and be Immortal 3+ in the last three Acts.

The former Counter-Strike player expects to enlist 100–120 players and has established stringent qualifications for participation in the league.

“I’m not sure if it’s gonna work, but we’re gonna give it a crack and see,” he said.

A widespread problem with crypto throwers

Crypto throwers are currently a major problem in VALORANT. It compromises game integrity and can lead to bans and ranking losses for all players.

Several famous VALORANT players, such as Tarik, Shahzeb “ShahZaM” Khan, Pujan “FNS” Mehta, Tyson “TenZ” Ngo and others, have claimed to face and be in the same team with throwers.

“These guys are, like, amongst regular users. Dude, people are being contacted to throw games,” Tarik said.

A recent “F*ck crypto” tweet from Tarik attracted a lot of attention from other streamers like Hasan Doğan “HasanAbi” Piker and Yassine “Subroza” Taoufik.

Travis “tdawgg” Regan posted screenshots to reveal crypto-betting organizations who purposefully throw matches and cheaters whose goal is to ruin players’ experience.

Tdawgg also exposed the account dealers, cheats and boosters who openly violate Riot’s Terms of Service agreement.

Riot has implemented checkpoints for lower-level griefers, but crypto throwers who plague higher-level VALORANT have yet to be eliminated.

During his online discussion, Tarik said he believed the developer would eventually figure out a solution. He said Riot has to decide how they want to approach the problem, and he can only hope they do.