Riot Games Suspends Version1’s Zellsis for ‘Inappropriate Remark’ Towards Valorant Tournament Official
Version1 VALORANT player Jordan “Zellsis” Montemurro has been suspended by Riot Games from the NA Valorant Champion Tour’s third stage open qualifiers and the main event. The ruling was announced on June 11 and it was revealed that the player violated rule 7.1.2 of the Global Competition Policy, which requires players to “observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship at all times.” Riot Games revealed that the player made offensive and discriminatory remarks about a tournament official on May 28 at VCT Masters Two Reykjavík. The player and his team have apologized for the incident and Zellsis revealed that he will be taking a few days off from social media.
Why Was Zellsis Suspended by Riot Games
Riot Games revealed that Zellsis broke rule 7.1.2 of the Global Competition Policy and the player appears to have made sexist or racist remarks towards a tournament official. Riot Games stated that offensive comments made on the basis of gender or race are in direct violation of the standards expected of players participating in the VALORANT Champions Tour.
Rule 7.1.2 of the Global Competition Policy by Riot Games states, “all Teams and Team Members must observe the highest standards of personal integrity and good sportsmanship at all times. Team Members must behave in a professional and sportsmanlike manner in their interactions with other competitors, Tournament Officials, the Tournament Operator, the media, sponsors, and fans.”
Zellsis is suspended for the first Challenger Open Qualifier and first Challenger Main Event of Stage 3. Riot added, “any subsequent violations of this policy will result in increased penalties including suspension, forfeiture of prize money, and/or forfeiture of circuit points.”
Version 1’s Response to Zellsis’ Suspension from Valorant Champions Tour Stage Three
Zellsis’ team Version1 issued an apology to the Riot staff. The team has accepted Riot Games’ decision and will be playing with a substitute player during the first open and closed qualifiers of stage 3 of the Valorant Champions Tour.
Zellsis Response to Riot Games
Zellsis issued a public apology on Twitter earlier today. He stated “I want to apologize to Riot staff for making an inappropriate remark in Iceland. I take responsibility for my actions and will learn from this mistake. I’m sorry to my teammates for putting them in this position. Will be taking a few days off social media. I will be better.”
The player will be able to re-join competitive Valorant after the completion of the NA Valorant Champion Tour’s third stage open qualifiers and main event.