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Riot developer exposes sexist harassment during Valorant Twitch stream

Published: 25/Apr/2020 13:07

by Andy Williams

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A League of Legends developer has exposed the sexist abuse she faced during a Valorant Twitch stream, resulting in Riot pledging to find “long-term solutions.”

Valorant’s closed beta has been a massive success for Riot, garnering almost 300 million hours watched on Twitch alone since its launch.

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This has partly been driven by Twitch-exclusive beta drops, but a smooth launch and fun gameplay has also played a big role. Riot has also promised to tackle the biggest threat to competitive integrity with their novel anti-cheat, and Valorant has been tipped to challenge the likes of Counter-Strike and Overwatch.

Valorant's in-built anti-cheat system.
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Riot’s Vanguard anti-cheat is just one of the measures in place to help the developer’s fight against cheaters.

Sexual harassment in Valorant

However, one aspect of online gaming that is continuing to impact gameplay for some, is griefing — or more specifically, harassment. While simple trolling is inevitable in the realm of online gaming, harassing someone based on their gender or other protected traits is an entirely separate facet of griefing which many still have to face.

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And for LoL UX Designer, Riot Greenily, this is an experience that is all too familiar. Greenily posted a brief clip from her livestream, which highlighted in-game harassment from a match.

“It’s like this MOST of the time on solo queue voice comms REGARDLESS of the game I’m playing,” the developer explained. “I usually don’t give in to this like in the video; I’m silent in an attempt to not incite more. Inevitably you get to a point where you have to mute them.”

Riot dev vows to find a solution

There is currently an option to blow the whistle on this type of behavior, via Valorant’s in-game reporting system, but Riot isn’t stopping there.

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Valorant’s Executive Producer, Anna ‘SuperCakes’ Donlon responded to Greenily’s post, explaining that they’re “absolutely looking into long-term solutions for making it safe to play Valorant,” adding that they’ll even be investigating how to improve solo-queuing.

This isn’t the first time a Riot dev has spoken out regarding in-game harassment. Valorant’s Insight & Strategy Analyst, Riot aeneia, detailed her first experience of a similar encounter with a griefer.

As per aeneia’s thread, muting individuals who share their sexist remarks can be “strategic sabotage” and ruin the game for both themselves and their team. So being able to counter such behavior remains a difficult task.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

Valorant Icebox act 3 new map
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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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