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Esports team forfeit pro VALORANT match as player too busy playing Honkai: Star Rail

Ghost CommandoS were forced to forfeit the match after one of their players failed to install the official VCT game client.

A VALORANT pro player has forced his team to forfeit an official match as he was too busy playing Honkai: Star Rail, HoYoverse's newly-released space fantasy JRPG. Pictured: Jett from VALORANT (left) and Kafka from Honkai: Star Rail (right). (Photos: Riot Games, HoYoverse)
A VALORANT pro player has forced his team to forfeit an official match as he was too busy playing Honkai: Star Rail, HoYoverse's newly-released space fantasy JRPG. Pictured: Jett from VALORANT (left) and Kafka from Honkai: Star Rail (right). (Photos: Riot Games, HoYoverse)

Honkai: Star Rail officially launched on 26 April and millions of players around the world were instantly hooked into HoYoverse's space fantasy turn-based JRPG.

Among those millions already sinking hundreds of hours into Honkai: Star Rail is a VALORANT pro player from the team Ghost CommandoS, who apparently forced his team to forfeit an official match because he was too busy journeying across the universe aboard the Astral Express.

The incident occurred last Tuesday (2 May) during Ghost CommandoS' regular season match against S2 Esports in VALORANT Challengers 2023: Hong Kong & Taiwan Split 2.

Ghost CommandoS were forced to forfeit the match after one of their players, who remained unnamed, failed to install the official VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT) game client because he was too engrossed with Honkai: Star Rail.

VALORANT pro players were apparently required to constantly reinstall the VCT client as it used different versions throughout the season in an attempt to keep it as close as possible to the game's live servers.

Ghost CommandoS would go on to lose all of their matches in VALORANT Challengers 2023: Hong Kong & Taiwan Split 2.

Their opponents during the Honkai: Star Rail incident, S2 Esports, notably managed to get a spot in the league's playoffs due to the forfeit.

At least we guess that one Ghost CommandoS players has more time to play Honkai: Star Rail now...

Why are millions so hooked into Honkai: Star Rail?

It's not hard to see why so many players all around the world have been sinking hundreds of hours into Honkai: Star Rail since it launched late last month.

The game combines elements of open-world exploration, rogue-like dungeon traversal, and turn-based RPG combat. While it is free-to-play, it does employ a gacha system to let players acquire new characters and equipment.

Fans of other HoYoverse games, like Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact 3rd, expectedly flocked to Honkai: Star Rail for a new twist in gameplay formulas they were already familiar with. JRPG fans found a lot to love in the game too as the genre's biggest title in years.

HoYoverse initially set a pre-registration goal for Honkai: Star Rail of 5 million players back in February.

That goal was quickly reached by early March, giving all players who pre-registered tons of rewards, including the 4-star character Serval and 20 Star Rail Passes, 50,000, credits, and the 'Trailblazer — Welcome' Avatar.

The pre-registrations would even reach 10 million just over a week before Honkai: Star Rail officially launched.

If you're interested in trying out Honkai: Star Rail for yourself (as long as you don't have any important matches to play), we've got you covered! You can check our beginner's guide, guide to building the starter characters, and guide to building Seele, the game's first banner character.

Yan Ku is a full-time dog parent, part-time (gacha) gamer, and part-time writer.

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