Elias ‘Jamppi’ Olkkonen may have hit the headlines in recent months for challenging his VAC ban in court, but today he’s back in the spotlight for a different reason: he’s announced he’s making the switch to Valorant.
The 19-year-old has been embroiled in a legal battle with Valve since March 2019, after one of Steam accounts was hit with a VAC ban. Jamppi insists the account in question was sold to a friend before the ban and has tried since to clear his name.
However, it appears the Finn has now thrown in the towel after being benched from ENCE. In a video update posted to his Twitter account, Jamppi confirms that he’ll no longer be playing for the organisation and that the rumours of his attempt to start competing from scratch in Valorant are completely true.
“First of all, I got benched on ENCE,” he says. “Many of you knew that already but these kind of things happen all the time in esports. There’s nothing I can do about it, I just wish the best of luck for the new team and hopefully they will succeed better than I did. It was nice for ENCE to give me the opportunity to compete against the best. It was always my dream to play against the best and I got it.
Hello guys, i hope you understand my english, and my decision! Terkkuja ! pic.twitter.com/kHhT7F6RDj
— Elias Olkkonen (@Jamppicsgo) January 26, 2021
“As for the future, I will be switching to Valorant. Obviously it’s a fresh start for me. Mentally it’s a very good thing – I can play free and compete and hopefully become one of the best players in that game.”
While Jamppi does not yet have a team to represent in the Valorant space, his raw talent as an FPS player won’t go unnoticed, and it shouldn’t be long before we see him tearing things up online.