Bren’s BraiNfreeZe Caught Flipping The Bird at Alpha Esports Pro in Heated VCT-PH encounter

11:35 AM May 16, 2022

Zachary “BraiNfreeZe” Bajarias from Bren Esports was caught flipping the bird on his player facecam during their bout against Alpha Esports Pro (AE) at the VALORANT Challengers Tour 2022 Stage 2 Philippone Qualifiers (VCT 2022 Stage PH).

The incident came from their heated matchup yesterday as Bren and AE faced off in a very intense best-of-3 series. Game 1 belonged to AE as they managed to snag a 13-9 victory at Icebox. Bren then retaliated with an imposing 13-2 victory on Ascent. With both teams with one win a piece, AE managed to steal the series victory via an impressive and commendable 13-11 comeback on Haven.


BraiNfreeZe showing off his duck collection.

The Bren VALORANT professional player’s controversial action seemed to have stemmed from Game 2. The game itself had questionable actions from Bren’s side (e.g. spamming bullets on AE’s fallen bodies and tactical crouching), which merely seemed like light-hearted exchanges at first. Even Action PH’s George “Georggyyy” Lachica downplayed the situation on PPGL’s Facebook livestream.

Georggyyy’s comment translates to “A lot of crybabies. They just spammed the bodies.”

However, after Bren won the game, a screenshot of BraiNfreeZe’s bird-flipping spread like wildfire over the internet. The screenshot obviously upset most of AE, most especially Enrico “Ching” Perez who later clapped back with a “2-1 VERSUS TRASH TEAM” tweet right after they won the series which has now since been deleted.


Ching immediately tweeted this just right after they won the series matchup against Bren.

Ching also made the PPGL Facebook audience know his displeasure over the situation as he commented on the livestream as well.

“GG EZ MIDDLE FINGER PA MORE,” Ching commented on PPGL’s Facebook livestream.

Bren’s VALORANT manager Ishan “ggishan” Adolfo immediately diffused the situation as he replied to Ching’s tweet. She acknowledged her player’s mistake, revealed that she immediately reprimanded BraiNfreeZe after the said incident, and apologized to Ching and the rest of the AE squad.

Meanwhile, BraiNfreeZe himself followed ggishan’s footsteps and apologized publicly and revealed that he was just simply too caught up in the heat of the moment at the time.

On the other hand, Ching also apologized to Bren for expressing his dissatisfaction without thinking about consequences.


The controversy has sparked a debate on what constitutes as friendly, healthy, and competitive banter, tactical trashtalking, or just plain disrespectful actions.

Unfortunately, despite both teams already reconciling and owning up to each of their own lapses in judgment, fans have still harassed both sides. This even got to the point where death threats were thrown around.

This situation is unfortunately not new to VALORANT and the esports scene in general. Just earlier this week, Lim You Xiang “lenne” Lionel from Bleed eSports also gave Paper Rex the bird after they took the first map in their series in VCT Malaysia & Singapore Stage 2: Challengers where they eventually lost 2-1. Moreover, it can be remembered that Blacklist International’s Kiel “Oheb” Soriano was penalized and suspended for two games by the Mobile Legends Professional League – Philippines after his own similar incident.

With that said, Bren and AE had already cleared the air and currently have no more animosity existing between them. As for their respective VCT standings, Bren Esports is currently sitting comfortably in third place while Alpha Esports Pro stands in fifth.

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