Signed up for Valorant but don’t have the name you want? Maybe you want to change your current ID? There’s only one way you can change your name in Riot’s FPS, but thankfully, it’s super easy (and free) to do.
Your gamertag is you. When you can’t get access to your preferred username in a specific game, it can be pretty rough. Thankfully, you won’t have to worry about that in Valorant.
While you might not get the name you desire when you first sign up for Riot Games’ new FPS title, you’ll be able to change it to whatever you desire — as long as you follow a couple of simple steps.
How to set your Valorant alias
To first set your Valorant username, you have to sign up for a Riot ID. This means making an account on Legends of Runeterra or League of Legends, if you haven’t done so already — but you don’t need to play either game. Once you make your account, you’ll have access to Valorant and setting your username.
You can make Riot accounts on the League of Legends and Legends of Runeterra sites.
Your original Valorant name will be the ID you signed up to Riot Games with. If you play League of Legends already however, it’ll copy your Summoner Name.
Changing your Valorant alias
If you don’t like the username you have from launch, or have had a change of heart, you can update it for free. You’ll need to close down Valorant (if you have it open), and log into your Riot account in your browser of choice.
Go to the Riot ID tab, and click on the pen next to your current name. You can then set a new name and a unique hashtag of up to five characters. If your name is unique, you won’t need to bother about setting a hashtag — it’ll just default to your region.
You can change your Riot ID for free once a month.
You can only update your Riot ID once a month, so be sure to get it right. After that, you can relaunch Valorant and it should be updated automatically.
How much does it cost to change your Valorant alias?
As we touched on earlier, it’s as free as it can be. You won’t need to spend a dime to update your Valorant username. For League of Legends or Legends of Runeterra players, this is probably somewhat of a relief.
Mark ‘Boq’ Wilson, an esports commentator, has spoken out against tournament organizer G-Loot due to alleged late payments.
Over July 3-5, G-Loot operated the Trovo Challenge — a $10,000 event for Riot Games’ new shooter Valorant — on behalf of the live streaming platform. For the North American arm of the competition, Boq was hired to cast alongside Leigh ‘Deman’ Smith, Alex ‘Vansilli’ Nguyen, and David ‘SIMO’ Rabinovitch.
Weeks after the event wrapped up, complaints were posted on Twitter regarding G-Loot’s tardiness in paying for the work fulfilled. Dexerto learned that the casters agreed on a Net 60 payment term, meaning they should be paid within 60 days of fulfilling their duties.
G-Loot don’t appear to be short of cash, having raised an investment what they describe as “one of the largest esports fundraisers globally” of $56m in October 2020. While this is indeed after the event, in which it’s possible they didn’t have a lot of money prior to securing the investment, they’re now looking to grow their player base and optimize their service. Players and casters are still allegedly going unpaid despite said agreements, however.
G-Loot were responsible for the competitive operations of the event.
Vansilli publicly revealed that he invoiced the tournament organizer on July 9 and was clearly disgruntled on October 1 when sharing that he was yet to be paid. They stated that he may have to wait until October 23 to receive payment, which is weeks after the agreed term.
Vansilli confirmed to Dexerto at the beginning of November that the payment had finally been sent, but that’s still not the case for Boq.
As of November 25, he has been waiting for 143 days to be paid. He spoke with Dexerto about his experience with G-Loot, the struggles of trying to get the money that’s owed to him, and the typical circumstances casters have to operate within to get hired for events.
The Payment Challenge
“My experience with G-Loot has almost been no experience,” Boq told Dexerto. “They’ve been quiet, unresponsive, and unwilling to work with us to get things resolved. Everything has been on their timetable, not ours. They were very sporadic with responses, an email would come once every 20 or so days and they’d point out an issue then we’d hear from them again 20 days later.
“It’s clear that they don’t really value talent; forcing us to jump through hoops and giving us crazy dates, far in advance, that related to funding rounds and giving us the run around in general. I am still actively pursuing payment. I’ve given them everything that I was told was needed and they said payment was going to be sent.”
One of the major problems across many esports titles, from the top tier of competition down to amateur events, is the loose use of contracts for broadcast talent. Agreements are made through platforms like Twitter and Discord, with talent being reluctant to request for arrangements to be made official for fear of seeming ‘difficult to work with’ and potentially losing out on future opportunities.
“Like many situations, I did not receive a contract,” he said. “It’s pretty common that I don’t get a contract for an event and if I do, I’m actually blown away by the preparedness of the talent manager. I’ve signed contracts after an event has concluded and had to wait on contracts to send invoices before. It’s definitely common that I don’t get a contract, it’s all verbal or a Twitter DM. Once the flight is booked for a LAN event at least there’s a guarantee, but online there are no guarantees.”
Reminder that its been 141 days since @trovolive Challenge ended and @GlobalLoot still hasn't paid me for casting.
There’s an emerging topic among freelancers in esports regarding the application of late fees to invoices, theoretically deterring tournament organizers from either paying late or not at all by charging them extra for any delay. As of now, there are often no repercussions for such actions and that again is due to the leverage these companies possess according to Boq.
“It’s hard for talent to enforce late fees because the concern is that they just won’t use you again in the future, they’ll be frustrated because you’ve enforced a rule,” he said. “We don’t have as much leverage or power as them. There are a million casters out there who all want to work and get these gigs so it doesn’t matter how large your brand is, ultimately you can easily damage your name beyond repair. The smaller your name is, the easier that is to do.
“Tournament organizers have this tremendous power over some of the smaller names in broadcasting because they don’t have the leverage to get the payment that they’re due. This happens constantly when you look at Tier 2 or 3 scenes and in collegiate and high school when tournament organizers pay late, or at all, and the only option that these people have is to go public.
On why he has chosen to speak out against G-Loot, and why a better system with increased accountability for all parties needs to be put in place, the caster explained that this is more than wanting money — it makes esports a worse place and damages the industry as a whole.
Boq is best known for casting shooters such as Counter-Strike and, more recently, Valorant.
“It destroys the ecosystem that’s in place,” said Boq. “It’s important that we don’t allow tournament organizers that practice those behaviors to continue to survive because the ones that don’t are competing against them and sometimes losing. I hate to see companies that raise millions of dollars because I know they can crush a lot of the competition, some who actually do pay their talent but perhaps don’t have the same budget so they can’t increase their exposure with better hires.”
While other broadcast talent may now have been paid for their work on the event, that is not the case for Boq. Who knows if there are others out there across titles and tournament organizers that don’t feel as if they can speak up and still get hired going forward?