DAYS after accusing her of cheating, Keven “PLAYER1” Champagne issued a public apology to Filipino streamer Mika Daime.
Last week, the Gen.G Valorant player accused Daime of using an aimbot — an outlawed piece of software that, as the name suggests, assists the player’s aim when playing the first person competitive shooter — after watching one of her streams.
Fellow pro Matt “Wardell” Yu came to the same conclusion as well, and even speculated that Daime was using wallhacks as well (which allow you to see through walls).
Daime is a popular streamer with over 83,000 followers on Facebook. She is also one of the talents in Tier One, an esports talent agency based in the Philippines.
After a weekend of heated accusations from the fan community, PLAYER1 issued a public apology to Daime on Twitter.
He added in a follow-up tweet: “I didn't know my words could blow out of proportion like that and I will definitely be more careful onward. She doesn't deserve the hate [coming] to her and I do apologize for that, sorry.”
Daime thanked him for his apology, and said in a Twitter reply, “[I] think [it’s] up for the people now if they’re gonna believe or not. [B]ut i’m thankful you posted this.”
PLAYER1’s apology comes after an acrimonious weekend that followed his and Wardell’s accusations, as Valorant fans questioned Daime’s streams and gameplay.
The accusations from the online community grew so heated that, on Reddit, a developer from Riot Games stepped in to address the issue.
“Normally, we don't want to add to the publicity of any individual case, but because this one's getting a little out of hand: Mika is innocent,” said RiotRaykay on Reddit. An internal team had done a “thorough investigation” of Daime’s gameplay, and Raykay said that they are “confident” that no illegal software had been used.
Over the weekend, Tier One also issued a joint statement along with Riot Games.
Riot, which released Valorant early this year, said that "cheating is a serious offense", but requested that "Valorant community members be more measured in their accusations." The developers also noted that they have "much better internal tools" compared to "trying to slow down and analyze low-fidelity streams."