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Riot explain why Valorant’s toxicity punishment needs to be changed

Published: 19/Sep/2020 13:04

by Andy Williams

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Riot Games are clamping down on toxic players in Valorant, but they’re looking to rethink their approach, after complaints are surfacing about the negative effect communication bans are having on others’ games. 

Toxic players are inevitable in online gaming. Regardless of genre, you will likely come across a degree of toxicity at some point. While trolls are often looking to ruin the game for others, Riot are keen on ensuring their impact is negated by their comprehensive reporting system in Valorant.

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Players who build up enough reports for toxic behavior will be investigated by Riot. Providing there’s enough grounds, the devs will punish the player in question with a ban of some kind — depending on the severity of their actions.

But innocent players are beginning to grow tired of inadvertently having to pay the price for others’ actions, and Riot have responded to player complaints, with one developer agreeing that their system needs to be improved.

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Players are sick of paying the price for others flaming in-game.

Should innocent players be paying the price for toxicity?

Imagine you enter your rank-up game, but one of your players has been hit with a communication ban. While this isn’t the end of the world, it does handicap your team severely. And this is the crux of one Redditor’s argument, who believes that the way players are punished needs to be changed.

“If you randomly get a banned player, your [communications] get hurt a lot. Why is this even a thing? If someone’s terribly toxic, you can just mute them,” the user argued. This garnered the attention of one of the developers whose responsibility is to dish out penalties relative to their actions.

“What we have today isn’t what we intend to be the final solution and we’re working on making it better,” the developer explained. “I’ll admit that we probably underestimated the negative effect on teammates of having a comms muted player and that’s something that we’re going to think more about.”

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Of course, since Valorant is still very much in its infancy compared to where Riot wants it to be in the long-term — see Riot’s ambition to expand the Agent pool to 60+ characters — they’re continually learning how to adapt their approach and align it with the community’s demands.

The Valorant dev continued to explain how they’d be looking to change how the communication system works. “An awesome future would be to have tools that give the speed of use and specificity of voice chat today, without requiring players to participate in freeform voice chat.”

Riot have previously stated their intentions to improve Valorant’s ping system, to enhance how callouts are delivered by non-verbal comms. While this wouldn’t solve the negative impact banned players have on their team, it would be a step in the right direction.

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Valorant leak reveals new “Snowball” game mode coming for Winter event

Published: 14/Oct/2020 2:22

by Alan Bernal

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Riot Games are reportedly planning a new mode for Valorant called ‘Snowball,’ according to new leaks that could suggest the developers are planning content geared toward a Winter event.

Now that the Act 3 patch update has hit the live servers, the content dump also gave dataminers troves of files to sift through for any clues on unannounced features or assets.

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Of course, with the launch of Act 3 came the new map called Icebox, which followed in the same snowy aesthetic that could align with a Winter event.

In the Valorant files, dataminer ‘ValorantLeaks’ found strands of code that contained a couple of recurring keywords that directly pointed to a new mode possibly in the works along with a few details of game mechanics it could feature.

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Icebox might not be the only snow-centric content in Valorant this season.

The words “Tag=Modes.Snowball” were found in four different instances. This is the best indication that a mode of the same name could soon arrive later down the line in Act 3.

Additionally, different lines reference words like ‘Bouncy,’ ‘Growball,’ ‘RapidFire,’ and ‘Skate,’ which could hint to features or even different Orbs that could be in the mode.

It’s possible that these are in reference to new modifiers along the lines of those found in Spike Rush or other effects that would be organic to the ‘Snowball’ mode.

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Spike Rush is the only game type that makes use of round-modifiers in the form of special powerup orbs placed throughout the map. The only other mode for Valorant so far has been a traditional Deathmatch mode, that could be seeing upgrades in early 2021 that would let players join a match that’s already underway.

If Riot does go ahead with plans on a new mode, then it’s unclear if it would be available alongside Spike Rush or the devs would opt down the road of a rotating playlist.

The Valorant team previously said they prefer to bring more modes as soon as they could to players, though these would “evolve” along with the players. “We want to bias toward putting new modes in the community’s hands as fast as possible and evolving those modes along with the players,” Riot said in a blog.

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As the holiday season nears, eager players will await official word from the devs for seasonal content in Valorant that could be on its way.