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Riot and Twitch crack down on VALORANT drops

Published: 29/Apr/2020 0:54

by Bill Cooney

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Twitch has announced that they’re going to start cracking down on Valorant streams that claim to be live and giving out beta drops, but are actually just reposting gameplay VODs.

Valorant entered its closed beta on April 7, and fans were instantly antsy for access at a chance to play Riot’s new FPS.

This resulted in Valorant skyrocketing as one of the most-viewed games on Twitch – but not every “streamer” in the category was showing live gameplay, as there were a number of accounts simply replaying old VODs to farm drops and viewers.

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Valorant dominated Twitch on April 7, the first day its closed beta went live.

However, on April 28, Twitch announced changes to its community guidelines that will hopefully cut down on the number of fraud Valorant streams.

“We’ve heard concerns about creators continuously streaming VODs while tagging the channel as ‘Live’ to farm Valorant Drops,” Twitch Support tweeted. “This harms the integrity of our Drops Program, so we’ve updated our Community Guidelines to clarify that cheating any Twitch rewards system is prohibited.”

One of those complaining about the Valorant category was veteran streamer Jaryd ‘Summit1g’ Lazar, who blasted the game’s section as the “fakest” on Twitch.

“This is the fakest section on Twitch!” summit raged. “It’s the absolute fakest section on Twitch right now, am I wrong? Am I f**king wrong? Look at that [viewer] number. Is that real? Not even f**king close! Not even f**king close!”

“You should all be f**king ashamed,” he continued later on. “You’re not Twitch streamers, you’re not even YouTubers… There’s no editing, you f**king throw up your VOD as soon as you go offline, like I’m playing my outro video… Valorant looks like a piece of shit video game on Twitch right now.”

The fake streams weren’t just leaving a bad impression on summit either – but fans are hopeful that these the new guidelines will allow Twitch staff to carry out some much-needed cleaning on the Valorant page.

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Riot will create a Valorant test server similar to League of Legends PBE

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:01

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games announced plans for a test server in Valorant that would contain pre-release builds for official game patches. These limited servers will perform a function similar to League of Legends’ Public Beta Environment that lets Riot detect bugs and receive player feedback sooner.

Riot Senior Release Manager, Corrie Hardin, said that the PBE is targeted for an early 2021 release. Just like in LoL, there’s going to be a certain amount of time before a PBE patch will go to the live servers; typically two weeks.

In simpler terms, this will be the safe space Riot uses for testing anything from new Agents to crucial bugs before sending the patch out to its millions of players.

Crossover players from League of Legends who’ve tried out the PBE, a separate download from the main client, will be all too familiar with the shenanigans that players can come across on the beta servers.

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Depending on how Riot structure it, a Valorant PBE could see early tests for new Agents.

It’s unclear if Riot would also use the PBE to test out new cosmetics as well. There’s been a couple of instances, as fixable as they were, where a new skin presented a competitive advantage or brought along with it a new bug that could have been spotted in a testing phase.

Regardless, Valorant’s sister title has benefited from the PBE in the past, especially in the way of character balances. In a tactical shooter like this, this could also apply to specific weapon balances or creative strats that need to be tweaked before they harm live Ranked games.

“We hope to expand on what we have learned and provide an early access experience that does not drastically differ from the live version of Valorant, but still allows for a glimpse into what we are working on,” Riot said in their Ask Valorant Q&A blog.

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Early access to Valorant patches would be perfect to sniff out Omen bugs.

There has been a trend of Omen bugs appearing soon after a new map or update releases. The PBE servers would be the perfect place for players to rip apart a proposed patch for any potential game-breakers.

The early access arena will be a popular destination for pros and casual players to refine feedback for changes that need to be made in Valorant.

Expect Riot to release more information as we get closer to the release window, sometime in the early year within Episode 2.