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Riot planning to add Valorant stream-sniping countermeasures next patch

Published: 21/Aug/2020 2:32

by Brad Norton


The latest Valorant update has allegedly laid the groundwork for new methods of combating pesky stream-snipers in the tactical First Person Shooter.

Stream-snipers can often ruin the experience of any competitive game. Whether they’re targeting a popular personality so that they can intentionally lose, or they’re on the enemy team tracking every movement of an internet celebrity.

It can be extremely frustrating and even enough to turn people away from certain titles. Many of the biggest names on Twitch have resorted to their own methods in order to combat these pesky players. However, Riot is seemingly preparing a few new settings to counter the issue directly in Valorant.

As the August 20 patch came online, it was quickly torn apart by prominent dataminers in the community. While it was a relatively small update, a few big changes appear to be on the horizon. Here’s how Valorant will soon be targeting stream-snipers head-on.

Valorant melee gameplay
Riot Games
Stream snipers often go out of their way to target individuals in the lobby.

If players notice a big name on the enemy team, there’s a chance they focus entirely on hunting down the streamer. It’s a common problem but Riot has a new method on the way to nip it in the bud. A few new lines of code were spotted in the 1.06 update by ‘ValorLeaks.’ These strings hint that new stream-sniping countermeasures are almost ready to go live. 

One such countermeasure is the ability to “hide [your] name from players outside of [the] party.” If players aren’t on your friends list and in your squad directly, your name will be outright hidden. When popular streamers load into a game, no one in the match will know it’s them if they’re solo-queueing. 

Valorant isn’t the first game to implement such measures — Fortnite has had a similar system in place for quite some time — though Riot appears to be taking things one step further. There will also be a feature to safeguard others in the lobby. “Use generic names for players outside of party,” an additional line of code reads.

If you choose to enable this feature, every single game will be filled with anonymous players. There will be no way to identify who is competing across either team in the lobby.

These streamer-friendly options should create a far less frustrating environment for those playing while live. There’s no indicating when these settings might come online. Though the groundwork has clearly been set in the August 20 update.

From shotgun nerfs to flash changes, here’s everything you need to know about the latest Valorant patch.


Guild Esports announces Valorant roster of former CSGO pros

Published: 21/Oct/2020 11:59

by Daniel Cleary


David Beckham’s Guild Esports has announced their entry into Valorant after confirming the signing of top European roster “Bonk,” which features former professional CS:GO players like draken, Yacine, and more.

After recently declaring a mysterious £3.6 million sponsorship deal, Guild Esports has announced their entry into the Valorant competitive scene on October 21, revealing the signing of a new European roster.

The London-based esports organization, backed by football star David Beckham, confirmed the signing of top-ranked Swedish roster “Bonk” as their first official Valorant line-up.

In their announcement, Guild said that the team was chosen following a “rigorous selection process” and revealed the “sought-after players”, which included some Valorant pros who first made a name for themselves in the Counter-Strike scene.

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Guild Esports
Guild Esports has already fielded teams in Rocket League and FIFA.

“Joining the Valorant community is a perfect step for Guild and we are delighted to expand into the new exciting and emerging esports space.” Carleton Curtis, Executive Chairman at Guild Esports, added, “Valorant is destined to become a major esport with global reach and deep fan bases, and it benefits from the prestige of being developed by best-in-class publisher Riot Games.”

The new lineup features players such as former Fnatic and NiP star William ‘draken’ Sundin, who was joined by fellow CS:GO pros, Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari, and Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin.

The CS:GO players were joined by two-time Paladins world champ, Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench, and 16-year-old talent Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson, to round out the Guild Esports’ inaugural Valorant roster.

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Riot Games
Guild Esports will be looking to compete at Riot’s upcoming First Strike regional tournament.

“Guild is an organisation with big ambition that is on a path to achieve great things and I’m proud to be a part of that. I’ve always been an ambitious player and want to create a legacy that will last,” Yacine revealed in the announcement,” Our team has already proved itself at a top-level and now the goal is to become world champions.”

As they have been competing together prior to signing with Guild, the Swedish team has already proven that they are capable of success in the European circuit, with top two placements in the recent Ignition series and Mandatory Cup tournaments, only falling to G2 Esports in both events.

Now under the Guild Esports brand, this lineup will likely be gearing up for the first official tournament organized by Riot Games, First Strike, with the European qualifiers kicking off on November 9. You can see the full Guild Esports Valorant team below.

Guild Esports’ Valorant roster

  • William ‘draken’ Sundin
  • Yacine ‘Yacine’ Laghmari
  • Filip ‘Goffe’ Gauffin
  • Malkolm ‘bonkar’ Rench
  • Leo ‘Ziz’ Janneson