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Riot Games respond to Valorant harassment and bullying issues

Published: 7/May/2020 0:06

by Bill Cooney

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Developers at Riot Games have laid out the first details of their plan to fight in-game harassment between Valorant players.

Valorant has been out in closed beta for roughly four weeks now and one of the biggest issues players have faced is toxicity from others.

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Toxic teammates and harassment isn’t a problem unique to Valorant, far from it in fact, but developers at Riot have now shared their plan to encourage players to be a little nicer to one another.

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No, “toxic” does not just apply to all of the Viper mains out there.

In a May 6 Developer Update, Valorant’s executive producer Anna Donlon explained what Riot is doing to focus on player behavior in-game going forward.

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“I’ll be super real here: harassment and bullying in games is not a status quo I’m comfortable accepting,” Donlon laid out. “We’ve learned to mute others who are harassing us. We’ve learned to mute ourselves in order to keep the peace. And as a result, we have a competitive experience that can feel compromised. We often find ourselves at a disadvantage.”

This is a very hard space to take on. I can’t solve society, and some of these issues are really, really deeply entrenched,” she admitted. “But what I can say is that Riot takes this seriously—it’s why we established a dedicated “Central Player Dynamics” team to tackle the science and research of what promotes fair team play (it’s not always punishments!).”

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Riot will reward (or punish) players based on how they interact with others in-game.

“This is a priority for us,” she continued. “Not just in the short-term, but for as long as it takes to reassure a player—any player—that as long as they play to win in VALORANT and respect their fellow human beings, they’ll be guaranteed a similar experience in return.”

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Riot will be publishing their Valorant code of conduct soon that will fill players in on how they can be rewarded, or punished, for their in-game behavior.

“With any competitive game, we expect spirits to get high and things to get tense—we’re not going to ban someone just because they got passionate about winning or losing,” Donlon added. “But I also know that some experiences can go beyond enthusiasm; sometimes they extend into harassment. That’s what we’re not okay with.”

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Valorant is the latest team-based FPS taking the world by storm – but it’s not exempt from toxic abuse from players.

Exactly what will be included in the code of conduct remains to be seen, but we’ll bring you all the details once it’s released by Riot.

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In the meantime and going forward, though, it sounds like that old rule of “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” might be a good one to stick with.

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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.