Teabag seems to be just an act of ‘for fun’ nature. But Riot Games recently decided to consider it as an indirect act of ‘sexual assault’.
In some of the latest developments related to the rules of player behavior, Riot Games recently banned two professional Valorant players for their “Teabag” behavior. For those who don’t know, Teabag is the action after defeating an enemy, the player will run to the corpse of the enemy, constantly standing up and sitting down as a provocative or celebratory act. This is one of the long-standing actions in every Esports game, and because of that, it is currently fiercely debated as to whether this behavior should be considered offensive to the opponent or not?
Riot banned 2 pro players over teabagging dispute from VALORANT
According to Riot Games, the opponent’s Teabag behavior is classified as ‘sexual harassment’. This is currently at the center of public controversy. In the past, rival Teabags were always considered ‘for fun’ and occurred in all matches from normal shooting to ranked. And for some reason, when playing professionally, this behavior was listed as a violation of one of the heaviest crimes against professional players.
On Reddit, there have been a series of users sharing their feelings on this issue. The community is divided into two completely opposite factions. One side said that Teabag is a provocative action for fun and is not intended to cause harm to anyone. The other side thinks that teabag is really one of the acts directly related to the victims of ‘sexual abuse’ cases, and needs to be severely punished for the players, especially the recruits. player intends to take this action.
Remembering the VCT NA Stage 3 2021, Sentinels player Darp had a straight Teabag action aimed at Hiko. However, at that time, Riot did not take any action in sanctioning. However, two players in the VCT Game Changers tournament were fined for a similar behavior. That’s why the community is questioning Riot’s ’emotional’ decisions when dealing with the above incident.