Timmy ‘iiTzTimmy’ An was doing a VALORANT run that was like many he’s done. He wanted to go from Iron rank to Radiant rank for this stream. He is known for performing this feat in Apex Legends. A game like Apex Legends may be happy for the extra advertising, but Riot Games, the developer of VALORANT, is not.
Riot Games has cracked down heavily on “Smurfing,” in which a pro starts a new account just to look better by beating new opponents. Because of this, they banned iiTzTimmy live in the middle of his stream. He had to wait for some time, but we have the video below.
VALORANT Bans Streamer
The agents of iiTzTimmy allegedly had a deal with Riot Games that Timmy would receive a ban after his stream. Riot Games seemed open to the idea but stopped him over 20 hours in.
My friends at Esports Talk explain things further with many clips:
Smurfing is a major problem in games like Call of Duty and Apex Legends. The thing is, streamers and pros seem to be so much better because they use new accounts and have sessions with people who just started playing. They can get better clips and videos that way.
Developers introduced Skill-based matchmaking to stop this process and make streaming more friendly, but many streamers do not care about it. Riot Games has gone one step further by banning those who create new accounts for this purpose.