Starting to gain traction in January, "crypto-betting" or "crypto-throwing" surfaced as a trend where Valorant stream snipers would throw ranked matches with popular streamers or pro esports players to get paid cryptocurrency.
Those who bought into the problematic movement could head to crypto-betting sites to wager which streamer would lose a match before it gets thrown.
There are even cases where stream snipers on the opposing team of a streamer would sack their own team if the bets swayed toward the content creator.
The trend has grown, now pointed at specific content creators with varying crypto payouts for throwing matches.
Recently, evidence of this betting pool has come to light via a Discord channel, which listed and encouraged stream snipers to target well-known Valorant Twitch streamers.
'Valorant' streamers expose the rates for stream snipers paid to throw games.
Valorant streamer PROD published a screenshot of this Discord server on Twitter, revealing a numbered bounty board with several streamer names, their Twitch pages, and what stream snipers would get paid for throwing.
According to the screenshot, this bounty board got updated weekly, and players could add streamers to the list based on who sets the bounty.
PROD, alongside known streamers like Shahzam and Kyedae, had the highest crypto bets, naturally making them a high priority for stream snipers.
"This just makes me so sad," Kyedae tweeted in response to the screenshot. "I don't even know what to say ... This is obviously very first-world problems but it sucks."
From a YouTube video that has since been made private as of this writing, it explained how the stream snipers are getting away with this despite tools like streamer mode on Twitch.
"Someone created a paid Discord bot that uses your Riot ID & bypasses the anonymity of streamer mode," said a Redditor who managed to watch the video before it went down. "There's a list of the bot users/stream snipers in the various servers that leverage the bot to snipe, win trade, and make bets."
It's unclear if Riot Games is aware of the ongoing crypto-betting movement since the developer has not addressed the issue publicly.
This situation affects a small margin of the Valorant player base, but it has only gotten more out of hand, and gives the betters more ground to continue if Riot doesn't step in sometime soon.