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Riot cancels Valorant gameplay capture events due to coronavirus fears

Published: 3/Mar/2020 20:33 Updated: 13/Mar/2020 18:21

by Bill Cooney

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According to an email posted by esports insider Rod ‘Slasher‘ Breslau, Riot Games have cancelled upcoming gameplay capture events in Los Angeles and Barcelona due to fears of the coronavirus.

Slasher had reported on March 2 that Riot planned to bring high profile pro gamers and streamers from North America and Europe to their headquarters in Los Angeles and Barcelona to possibly promote the game’s beta.

These promos would have featured pros and well-known names from a bunch of games, including CSGO and Overwatch, according to Slasher, but now Riot seems to have put their plans on hold.

A day later on March 3, Breslau followed up with an email he said was from Riot informing recipients that the company was cancelling the gameplay capture events due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel our VALORANT gameplay capture events this month in Los Angeles and Barcelona,” Riot said in the email. “Due to unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), as a company, we need to stand by our policy of putting Players first, and unfortunately this means steering away from our original plans to meet you in person at our event.”

Even though the live events are canceled, Riot added that they’re trying to make a “digital solution” available to select players for a possible preview of the upcoming beta.

“We are working hard on our side to put some finishing touches on a digital solution which will let you get your hands on the game from the comfort of your home setups,” the publisher added.

“While it is certainly not as cool as what we had planned, it is our top priority to empower you to be the community’s entry point for your gameplay commentary and education.”

So even though those chosen lucky few won’t be able to attend live events anymore, it does look like we’ll still be able to get an early preview of the game when Riot rolls out their digital option.

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Valorant already has plenty of players from multiple different games excited about trying it out.

While talk of a possible upcoming Valorant beta is everywhere you look on social media at the moment, we still don’t have a concrete date for when could possibly get going.

We do know from the announcement trailer that Riot plan to release the game in some form in Summer 2020 and until then players around the world will eagerly be waiting for their chance to try it out.

As always, we’ll continue to bring you the latest details as more information becomes available. For all Valorant news, updates, info, and content, make sure to follow us on Twitter @ValorantUpdates.

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Valorant 1.11 patch delayed: Riot announce new release date details

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:27 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 21:30

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games are taking back the 1.11 Valorant patch after a “technical nightmare” in the latest update brought with it a few more problems than it was meant to fix.

It’s a pretty big update too. After pushing up the release for a new map and hyping up the latest Agent, Skye, there’s been a lot of anticipation for this patch. Unfortunately, not all worked out how the studio wanted, leading them to make a major decision that affects all players.

“In 30 minutes, we’ll be rolling back the patch for North America, Brazil, and LATAM (one at a time). We’re also delaying all other regions until we get a fix,” the company announced.

Although they didn’t give a specific date, Riot said they are expecting the re-release window for the 1.11 patch to come “later in the week.”

It should be noted that the Valorant First Strike x NSG Qualifiers and the 1.11 patch were on a collision course before the update’s roll back.

There were plenty of people, both pros and casuals alike, who were noticing problems with the latest offering almost immediately after downloading it.

Valorant 1.11 bug issues

While there were still old bugs like Viper’s ultimate or Brim’s smokes improperly reducing vision from within them, new – and slightly disturbing – bugs were also introduced to the game.

One of the biggest offenders was a glitch that randomly showed Sage’s character assets on the screen while navigating around smokes like Omen’s Dark Cover.

A lot of people managed to find it, even 100 Thieves teammates HiKo and steel on separate occasions during a game.

It’s a ‘blink and you miss it’ type of bug. But it can be really distracting when it appears then reappears numerous times while pushing up on a smoke.

There were other glaring issues like more stuttering when getting a headshot or if an opponent appears on the screen, but the devs should be on the case.

The delay now puts the refurbished 1.11 patch due at the end of the month on October 31, if the Valorant developers find and fix all that needs to be addressed in time.