Elon Musk’s appearance met with boos at the Valorant Champions 2023 tournament

Elon Musk, who previously had a lot of power and appeal, appears to have lost some of it, as seen by the lukewarm reception he received at the 2023 Valorous Champions competition.


The free-to-play tactical hero shooter Valorant is the focus of an esports competition that has been going on in Los Angeles, California, for the majority of this month. The final match, between the American team Evil Geniuses and the Singaporean team Paper Rex, took place on August 26 as the tournament’s grand finale.

Almost four million people were watching the broadcast when the camera feed briefly changed to show Elon Musk and one of his sons among the crowd. The atmosphere abruptly changed into a cacophony of jeers and boos directed towards the founder of Tesla for no more than five seconds. These complaints merged into a unified cry of “Bring back Twitter” without any effort.

The commentators were astounded by the response and one of them inquired, “Where is it from? The other answered, “Is that a bigger reaction than TenZ got? “, comparing it to the reception the talented Canadian Valorant Pro player Tyson Ngo from the Sentinels squad received, though in his case it was more of a warm welcome. “That can’t be from in here, surely,” they said.

That Musk is disliked by Valorant enthusiasts is hardly surprising. The business tycoon bought Twitter last year and has since transformed it from a burgeoning social media site into a bare shell of what it once was.

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The formerly bustling place is now overrun with right-wing and hateful content. His decisions have rarely been met with unanimous support, and his choice to rebrand the platform as X surely caused some controversy.

It’s interesting to note that the crowd has booed the millionaire before. Musk was given a stage invitation by comedian Dave Chappelle for his performance at the Chase Center in San Francisco last year. Similar to the Valorant incident, Musk was the target of a chorus of boos from the audience. Chappelle tried his best to maintain control and calm the crowd, but each time Musk spoke, the boos erupted once more.

Musk might not experience these reactions from crowds if he spent a small portion of the time he spends encouraging cage fights with Mark Zuckerberg listening to Twitter users.

LOUD were the defending champions but lost to Evil Geniuses in the lower bracket final.

Nevertheless, Evil Geniuses won the Valorant Champions Tour, taking the title of the first North American team to win the coveted championship with a 3-1 victory.

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