Riot responds to surge of cheaters in Valorant and promises bans are coming

Published: 5/Jan/2021 13:35

by Lauren Bergin


In response to an increased wave of cheaters in Valorant, Riot devs have taken to Reddit discuss a fix for the ongoing issue. 

Valorant has become synonymous with a lot of things: cool skins, a new breed of esports and interesting Agents. Sadly though the game has become associated with cheating and smurfing, two aspects that Riot are still trying to grapple with fixing.

A recent tweet from Team Liquid’s headshot king Adil ‘ScreaM’ Benrlitom warned players to “be careful, lots of cheaters right now” and has subsequently brought the debate about how best to punish these users back into the forefront of the Valorant scene.

In response to continual issues with player misbehaviour, one fan took to Reddit to demand a response from Riot about how they plan to combat the issue. In a series of responses, the devs have provided us some clarity on their future plans.

Valorant match cancelled due to cheaters
Riot Games
People want to be seeing more punishments, but less of this screen in-game.

Riot devs respond to Valorant cheating

The Reddit thread, started by user PeteyySD, asked if “anyone was going to talk about the surge in cheaters” that has plagued the FPS title of late.

They go on to complain that they had fallen victim to cheaters using aimbots in multiple games, and noted that they’d seen the same user twice despite reporting them. This prompted a response from Riot dev RayKay, who implements anti-cheat measures.

It says: “While we can never stop all cheating we want to make sure that it does not effect your ranked progress. Our team is looking to make many improvements this year based on the feedback we received and hard lessons we learned last year. Keep those reports and feedback coming.”


A follow-up question asked if players will be able to get back lost MMR from games where cheaters had been found, or even have their ranks altered to where they were before.

Raykay replied by stating “that is a cool idea, that is something we would like to do but got some bigger priorities in front of it right now.”


So, while it’s clear that Riot are aware of the recent tidal wave of cheaters that have been ruining Valorant games across Future Earth, it seems like a quick fix isn’t in the works.

While this may be frustrating, it makes more sense for the developers to work out a long term solution to what has become a particularly prevalent.

Only time will tell what fix will be but in the mean time, in ScreaM’s words, “be careful” Valorant fans, there’s some mischief afoot.


Sailor Moon x Disney crossover Overwatch skin is the perfect fit for Mercy

Published: 16/Jan/2021 0:45

by Bill Cooney


One dedicated Overwatch fan and Mercy stan has come up with an awesomely creative skin design for the hero that mixes Sailor Moon and the Disney classic Snow White all into one.

Concepts for fairytale skins have been a favorite of Overwatch players almost since the game was introduced. While there are even a few oficial ones in Overwatch now (like Red Riding Hood Ashe and Dragon Mercy), there’s no way Blizzard would be able to keep up with all the ideas floating around out there.

That hasn’t stopped the artistically talented fans among us from adding on to that pile though, and one of the best we’ve seen lately is from artist u/aerisycloud. Their creation combines not not only Disney’s Snow White, but also everyone’s favorite Guardian of Earth, Sailor Moon, into a Mercy skin that fits the hero just perfectly.

Mercy Snow White skin concept
A skin that might even give Mercy’s pink skin a run for its money in popularity.

This skin would be one of the few that recasts Mercy as a brunette, obviously a nod to Snow White. The colors and materials are also reminiscent of the fairy tale, but the cut and boots are practically common-issue for the Sailor Scouts.

Her Cadecus Pistol and Staff, along with her wings, are now solid gold (whether this is with or without 3000 CP is unknown), which would also pass in an instant for accessories that Sailor Moon would rock.

We love seeing these kinds of skin concepts, especially ones as cool as this, but it can be easy to forget how much time and effort goes into each one. To show us how much work it took, along with the finished product, aerisycloud also posted a time-lapse of their creation – which is worth watching in its own right.

My Mercy skin idea: Snow White x Sailor Moon from Overwatch

If this skin were to be made, it’d also be neat to see a Torbjorn skin featuring him as one of the Seven Dwarfs (Grumpy, preferably), and a voice clip along the lines of “Moon healing… escalation!” as a nod towards the anime.

As far as actual in-game skins go, you can currently unlock the new Kyogisha Hanzo skin until January 25, and the 2021 Lunar New Year event — which brings a ton of new skins with it — should get going shortly after that wraps up.