Twisten to donate 25€ for each kill with Shorty in VCT LOCK/IN
Karel “Twisten” Ašenbrener, a member of Team Vitality, has announced on Twitter that he will donate 25€ (approximately $27) to an unidentified charity for each kill with the Shorty during the upcoming VCT LOCK/IN.
The tournament will take place from February 13 to March 4 in São Paulo, Brazil, featuring all 30 partnered VALORANT teams and two invited Chinese squads.
The Shorty is the most affordable gun in VALORANT. Players can obtain it with 150 credits. It has two shells in a magazine, with ten in reserve.
The gun is widely used on eco rounds to catch opponents off guard in tight corners and as a sidearm for buy rounds.
The weapon is a frequent surprise purchase and a backup close-range option for players who use an Operator. It does minor damage at long range.
The Shorty isn’t a top pick. According to data compiled by ValorBuff, this Sidearm has only been responsible for 0.5 percent of overall kills in professional Radiant VALORANT matchups during the past six months.
Unfortunately, nobody keeps track of weapon usage in professional competitions. Thus, it is difficult to know, for example, how many kills were scored using the Shorty in pro-VALORANT matches last year.
Responses to Twisten’s announcement
The Czech player said he planned to donate to organizations that help animals, people with mental illness or victims of the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. The VALORANT community appreciated the charitable effort, sharing and retweeting posts about it.
However, Cloud9 Blue’s Nathan “leaf” Orf warned Twisten that he’d go broke because of teammate Anthony “vanity” Malaspina. Vanity is notoriously known as a regular buyer of the gun.
Commentator Mitch “MitchMan” McBride also jokingly replied, “Bro, when you are homeless next month I have a spare room, good luck.”
Solidarity with Turkey earthquake victims
Twisten is one of many who plan to give back to the esports community.
After an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale hit Turkey and Syria, Hasan “HasanAbi” Doğan Piker, a Turkish-American streamer, was quick to gather support for his birth country.
Hasan was born in New Jersey but raised in Istanbul. He explained that a charity he organized to help the victims was working hard to make it easier for overseas donors to contribute to the charity platform Ahbap and the many other NGOs in Turkey that provide immediate relief.
“I will do everything I can to help,” The 31-year-old Twitch steamer said.
Another streamer, Tyler “Trainwrecks” Niknam, tweeted a request for recommendations for worthy nonprofits, promising $150,000 to the most credible group he could identify.
Effect of Turkish earthquake on VALORANT
Several Turkish VALORANT players have shared stories of relatives who cannot be contacted and are assumed to be under the wreckage of collapsed buildings because of the earthquake.
Emir “Alfajer” Beder, a player for Fnatic, and his family are all safe but were previously buried under a collapsed building. He also expressed a desire to aid those whose loved ones the disaster has impacted.
Mehmet Yağız “cNed” İpek, a player of Natus Vincere, is reposting various pleas for help from Turks seeking to locate loved ones who may have been lost in the rubble.
Former Heretics player Melih “pAura” Karaduran said he had not heard from some family members. His relatives volunteer in the search for missing people.
Riot Turkey announced they would postpone the regional Challengers League until further notice. It said that protecting the players comes before meeting the demands of the VALORANT environment.
Riot also issued a message on Twitter expressing sympathy for the victims of the tragedy. It hoped that all rescue personnel on the ground could reach the victims as soon as possible. It also expressed heartfelt condolences to everyone harmed by the disaster.