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Riot Games explain why Valorant won’t have skin trading

Published: 19/Jun/2020 23:51 Updated: 20/Jun/2020 16:29

by Bill Cooney


Riot Games has confirmed that skin trading will not be coming to Valorant.

Skin trading is a feature popularized in CS:GO, where valuable cosmetics obtained through cases can be traded between accounts, and thanks to the Steam marketplace, even have a real monetary value.

Valorant skins aren’t cheap either, with players having complained already about the cost of the some of the priciest camos and variants.

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If you want to grab some Valorant skins, you’ll have to shell out to Riot.

Speaking to Forbes, Riot’s revenue lead Joe Lee confirmed that skin trading will never a thing in Valorant, and it’s largely because the game also doesn’t feature loot boxes.

Right now, the only way to acquire skins is with Valorant points, or unlock them in the Battle Pass, which both require spending real money.

“I think skin trading works in other game economies when the only method of acquiring content is through loot boxes. Drop rates and loot box supply can be tuned by the developer, which then impacts the supply and demand of the product.”

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Riot wants Valorant skins to be a “meaningful representation of a player” instead of just showing how much money you’ve spent in the game.

“We primarily support a direct purchase store model,” he added. “Meaning if you see something you want, we want you to be able to consider the product and purchase it as a known quantity: No randomness, no considerations for after-market speculation.”

“Skins in Valorant are designed to be meaningful representations of a player, whether they want to say ‘I was there,’ using an exclusive skin from an early battle pass, or they’ve managed to get a time-limited skin from the store,” Lee continued. “Having a secondary market introduces a lot of complexity around what a skin means in-game, and oftentimes just makes it about who has the most expensive one.”

“For all of our offerings we want the value to be clear and apparent, and for players to feel the price tag we have placed on the item is reflective of the value they get for purchasing it,” the developer said.

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Valorant might not have a skin trading feature, but so far Riot seems to be just fine with that.

“We’re always looking at feedback and welcoming of thoughts from our players, and are analyzing how to ensure we deliver the right value at the right price,” Lee ended. The top end skin bundles can set you back a pretty penny, but there are also, less shiny skins that are at a more conservative price point.

So, while complaining on Reddit about the latest $70 Valorant skin bundle might be cathartic, it doesn’t seem like Riot plans to change the way players are able to acquire skins anytime soon.


Simple Valorant Sage wall trick makes Ascent door useless

Published: 28/Nov/2020 17:17

by Luke Edwards


The Sage wall is arguably one of the most useful tools of all Valorant agents. One player has found a way of using it to block access to the A-site door lever on Ascent without needing to be on the site.

Taking A site as an attacker on Ascent can be a big task. When you go long, you’re often forced into close-quarters combat, with cubby areas and multiple hiding spots from defenders in your path to the site. If you go via mid, you leave yourself open to being picked off by snipers.

Even if you do make it through mid and head right towards A site, if the enemy team hears you at all, they can just close the door, forcing you up through gardens and into heaven, giving enemies longer to react. Or, you can shoot through the door, at the cost of time and ammo.

Fortunately, one player has found a neat use for Sage wall that prevents the enemy team from being able to close the door at all.

Valorant's Sage artwork
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Despite multiple nerfs, Sage is still a popular pick in Valorant

Easy Sage wall trick for accessing Ascent A site in Valorant

Reddit user u/awesumsauce13 has discovered this neat trick that will allow you to access A site quicker and easier.

The main advantage is that it saves you time. You’re bound to get onto site quickly, meaning you can plant the spike and buckle down ready for the rotation.

If you combine it with some smokes, from a Brimstone, Jett, or both, you can sneak onto site with even more stealth.

However, when you get the bomb planted, it then becomes much more difficult to hold. This is because the Sage wall is blocking easy access to the lever, giving the defending side an extra point of entry.

Ascent from Valorant
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Ascent was the fourth map to be released on Valorant

It has its use on defense, too, if the attackers rush long and onto site. As mentioned by u/PrimaryZeal, by adjusting the angle of the wall as Sage, you can block the lever without giving away your location.

This means the attackers can’t shut the door, giving your team more time to rotate and more routes for approaching the site.

While not applicable to every situation Valorant can throw at you, this Sage wall is definitely a useful tool to have at your disposal.