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Riot devs respond to Valorant ‘pay-to-win’ Operator skin glitch

Published: 21/Apr/2020 17:14 Updated: 21/Apr/2020 19:47

by Andy Williams


Riot Games has responded to the major flaw with the newly released Prism Operator skin, where players could see around the scope while aiming down sight.

Valorant’s closed beta is moving into its third week, and it has been relatively plain sailing (as far as beta testing goes) for the Riot devs, as more players continue to test their tactical shooter.


While there have been a number of concerns surrounding Agent balancing and a couple of server hiccups along the way, Riot looks primed and ready to release a well-rounded shooter in Summer 2020.

Valorant's Raze.
Riot Games
Raze has been a controversial topic of conversation since the April 7 launch of the closed beta.

Despite this, Riot has received its first flood of community backlash following the release of their ‘Prism’ skin collection on April 20.


And it is this batch of cosmetics which are responsible for a major flaw in Riot’s plan to uphold the competitive integrity that was promised as part of their mission statement back in October 2019.

Essentially, one player discovered that if you aim down sight with the Prism skin equipped on your Operator, you can see around the scope, which plenty of people dubbed ‘pay-to-win’ — a concept which Riot are avidly against.

But amid the immediate uncertainty, Riot developers were quick to address the issue on the Valorant subreddit, where they responded with two hours of the post going live.

Player scoping in on Valorant.
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Players can see around their scope when aiming down sight with the Prism Operator.

One Riot developer under the alias ‘Fancypmcgee’ suggested that a patch was imminent, implying that the issue slipped through the cracks. “This is a bug which will be fixed in an upcoming patch, sorry about that! Competitive integrity is really important, and we test to make sure that we aren’t selling power with our cosmetic content.”

Nicholas ‘Nickwu’ Wu Smith, a developer who’s been at the forefront of Valorant’s development, subsequently went into more detail surrounding the cosmetic issue, explaining that the “issue only happens when material quality is set to low.”

Riot developers responding on Reddit.

So for those thinking that they could adjust their material quality to give them the edge in the server, Riot are already onto it and have a fix incoming, although an exact date for that fix is currently unknown.


Riot’s pledge to maintain competitive integrity is shown through their readiness to listen to community feedback and sort any issues in the most efficient way possible before the official release. After all, what are betas for?


Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale


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.


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.

Valorant First Strike art
Riot Games
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
Riot Games
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:

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

  • 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.