French CS:GO AWPer Kenny “kennyS” Schrub revealed today that he was due to make his debut as a pro VALORANT player for OG Esports, but "contractual reasons" led to Riot Games blocking the move. The player is therefore still waiting for his first chance to play competitive VALORANT as a full-time member of a team.
In a Twitlonger from Thursday, kennyS said of the situation, “These days you guys might have heard about a rumor on a potential switch on VALORANT." He confirmed his intention to move games, stating that he was "about to play the VLR France (VALORANT Regional League) with OG.”
The move was not meant to be, however, and kennyS revealed that the loan transfer was not accepted by Riot Games. “I was supposed to play professionally on VALORANT for a short time (about 2 months) through a loan transfer from G2 to OG. With this opportunity, my goal was to prove myself on the VALORANT scene and what I was able to do in this game,” kennyS shared. “Unfortunately, Riot didn’t accept this loan because of contractual reasons. I don’t blame anyone, it is what it is.”
The news will disappoint his legion of fans, especially after kennyS had a memorable debut in VALORANT, playing for Team France during BLAST Spike Nations, which saw him notch 40 kills on Jett in one victory over Team Portugal. When rumors began to surface that the star CS:GO AWPer would have an official spot on a VALORANT team, the community was awaiting the announcement with bated breath.
Legend of CSGO
kennyS has been on the Inactive roster for G2 Esports since March 4, 2021 and has only played one tournament at IEM Winter 2021, where he appeared as a sub in place of former G2 in-game leader Nemanja “nexa” Isaković, who has since left the active lineup. Now, it appears that the longtime CS:GO AWPer is set on making the full-fledged transition to VALORANT.
“I would like to thank all the people that tried to make it happen, on both G2 and OG,” kennyS said in his closing remarks. “Thank you guys for the support as well. I’ve seen a lot of positive comments, and a lot of people that are ready to support me even if I start a new adventure on a new game, and that means a lot to me. Love you all and see you on stream.”
One of CS:GO’s greatest AWPers, kennyS was a force to be reckoned with during his prime years from 2013 to 2017, where he was considered by some to be the game’s best AWPer. He was a crucial part of the successes of both Envy and G2 Esports, most notably winning DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca in 2015, where he was also named the tournament MVP.