ESPORTS HUDDLE: TEAM SOLOMID DROPS ‘VALORANT’ PLAYER FOR CONTROVERSIAL SNAPCHAT COMMENTS
Team SoloMid has dropped a female VALORANT player just days before the all-female VALORANT Champions Tour Game Changers Finals.
The team announced the dismissal of Katherine ‘LunarKats’ So two days after announcing her signing, saying the team “agreed to mutually part ways with LunarKats” and that TSM was “looking for a sub to avoid having to pull out of the VCT Game Changers Series.”
In a subsequent Twitch livestream soon after the announcement, So explained the reason for her dismissal was due to a 2019 Snapchat video that shows her making controversial comments that someone had saved and sent to the team.
“I’m not proud about what I said at all, and even then when I posted the Snapchat video I deleted it hours later” So said on the stream. “People who I thought were hurt by it, I even DM’d them at the time to have a more productive talk about what was said.”
The VALORANT Game Changers tournament begins March 25, and Team SoloMid has not yet named So’s permanent replacement.
Meanwhile, a player in the Call of Duty League amateur Challengers circuit has been suspended from play after threatening another player. Bryan ‘Jimbo’ Sabman has been banned from the league for three months after a post-match recording surfaced of Sabman threatening Matthew ‘KiSMET’ Tinsley, saying “keep talking like that, you’re going to get shot in the head.” The league ruled this was in violation of Rule 9.1.3 in the Challengers handbook, which states “participants are expected to settle their differences in a respectful manner and without resort to violence, threats, or intimidation (physical or non-physical).”
Elsewhere in the world of competitive gaming:
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PUBG Reveals Season 11 Content, Return of Fan Favorite Map
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Tekken 7 Completes Season 4 with Polish Karate Expert Lidia Sobieska
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