Valorant

Shroud explains why he's "excited" for Valorant peekers advantage system

by Andy Williams
Shroud (Mixer) / Riot Games

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Popular Mixer streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek explained why he’s “excited” for Riot Games’ efforts to remove peeker’s advantage in Valorant.

Riot’s venture into the tactical shooter genre has taken the esports world by storm — and the game isn’t even out yet. World-renowned esports organisation T1 have even pledged their commitment to the FPS title by signing former CS:GO pro, Braxton ‘Brax’ Pierce.

Given Riot’s reputation within the esports realm, it’s no surprise why their competitive shooter has everyone giddy, and the developers have some elaborate plans which they’ve vowed to fulfill with Valorant.

Valorant gameplay.
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Valorant gameplay has been compared to both CS:GO and Overwatch.

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While shroud has previously voiced his concerns over Valorant’s character-based approach to a tactical shooter, the former CS:GO pro has now given his reason why he’s looking forward to its Summer 2020 release when talking with Dr Disrespect.

“They have this tech that’s supposed to counter peeker’s advantage,” shroud opened. “Every shooter kind of suffers from peeker’s advantage, right? Because of all the latency issues.

“They actually have some sort of system that counter-balances that… The defender is in favor, instead of the attacker. Usually, when you peek, you have the advantage, right? They have a system that counters that.”

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The system in-question is Riot Direct: a purpose-built, global network, that has points of presence in 35 cities around the world. Riot have taken on the big dogs of the online gaming world by addressing concerns surrounding connection issues and cheating.

To combat peeker’s advantage, Riot have promised 128-tick servers for everyone with a ping at 35ms or less for 70% of the player base.

Not only that, but Valorant will upsample player movement to 128 frames per second — ensuring that if someone else is lagging, you’re not left paying the price.

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The 25-year-old admitted that he’s excited to see how the new system works, given that he has a pool of experience at the very highest level of FPS competition.

While the hype for Valorant continues to build, fans everywhere will have to sit tight as Riot remains tight-lipped about a potential beta being in the works for those eager to test their brand-new system.