Who is Kyojin, Vitality’s newest CSGO player?

Josse Van Dessel • April 16, 14:31

The latest addition to Vitality’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster, Jason “Kyojin” Nguyen is a relatively unknown name in the pro scene.

Kyojin is a French CSGO player of Vietnamese descent. Despite already being 22 years old, he will make his debut as a professional player on Vitality. He previously played on several French mix teams, competing in local tournaments and qualifiers for bigger events. He recently stood in for Heretics at Nine To Five 6, where he had a decent showing. 

Kyojin’s profile is very similar to Kevin “misutaa” Rabier, his teammate on Vitality. misutaa joined Vitality without having any experience on a professional level. His coach, Remy “XQTZZZ” Quoniam stated that while misutaa was talented when he arrived, he had to teach the young rifler a lot about how to use his talent as a pro player.

Kyojin will have a similar learning curve, and XQTZZZ is going to play a crucial role in the development of the rookie. But if XQTZZZ has shown that he can turn raw talent into gold over the past few years. 

What’s the situation with Kyojin’s VAC ban?

The biggest mystery surrounding Kyojin is his association with a VAC banned steam account. Valve has been very strict about its VAC bans: If a player receives one, they are banned from competing in events sponsored by Valve. 

The reason why Kyojin is only getting an opportunity to play on the highest level now is that he was linked to a VAC banned account. The exact circumstances are unclear, but according to French journalist neLendirekt, Kyonjin’s father released a document claiming that Kyojin’s brother was responsible for the ban. 

In April 2021, Kyojin announced that he had been cleared to compete in Valve sanctioned events. While it initially seemed like Kyojin had convinced Valve of his innocence, the company later announced a change to its policy regarding VAC banned players, making it so that a player like Kyojin could be cleared to compete in a major without being cleared of the accusations. Only days after announcing he could compete in majors, Kyojin signed a contract with Vitality. 

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