Riot Games dev hints that Valorant won’t allow stretched res

Published: 11/Mar/2020 15:24

by Calum Patterson


Riot Games’ upcoming FPS title Valorant is aiming to compete with CS:GO for a share of the very saturated market, appealing to  Counter-Strike players with a variety of features, but one crucial element could be missing when the game launches.

The developer has been vocal about 128-tick servers and the end of ‘peeker’s advantage’, as well as a hard stance against cheaters — all music to the ears of longtime competitive FPS players.

Bragging about these intentions so prominently, it’s clear that Riot know what people are asking for in a truly innovative title. There’s still lots to be announced though, and it looks like one crucial setting might be lacking in Valorant — the options for stretched resolutions.

Stretched resolution in CSGO aiming at an enemy
Using a stretched resolution can make enemies and objects appear wider, making them easier targets.

In many PC titles, it’s possible to use a different aspect ratio and resolution to create a ‘stretched res’. This is often used by players who feel that it gives them an advantage, as targets appear wider, taking up more pixels, and are therefore easier to hit (in theory).

Stretched resolutions actually caused a big controversy among competitive Fortnite players, when Epic Games removed the option from the game and told players it was no longer going to be allowed in competitive matches.

It looks like Valorant may already be in for a bit of controversy of its own though, as Senior Game Designer Trevor ‘Classick’ Romleski has suggested that stretched res will not be an option in the game. As players have been trying to practice their aim before Valorant releases, Classick advised: “If you’re going to use 4:3, I would recommend NOT stretching if you’re practicing for Valorant.”

The dev continues, “I know this will be a topic of discussion, and it will be a later conversation I’d like to have with you all.” This appears to leave the possibility of stretched res coming later, but for now, Riot are advising not to use stretched res in preparation for Valorant.

For some players, especially those coming from CS:GO, it’s possible this could be a deal-breaker for them, particularly those who currently play on a 4:3 stretched resolution.

It’s possible that Riot is preventing stretched res in the interest of balance, so that a player can’t get an advantage by switching their resolution. This was the case for Fortnite, but mainly because Fortnite is cross-platform, meaning console players didn’t have the option at all. Valorant is set to be PC only, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

In the interest of fairness, Riot has already confirmed that all the characters or ‘Agents’ will have identical hitboxes. The lack of stretched res could be another effort to maintain this consistency in gameplay.


Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin


Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

Valorant First Strike header
Riot Games
Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.