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Shroud explains why he’s “excited” for Valorant peekers advantage system

Published: 10/Mar/2020 11:54 Updated: 11/Mar/2020 11:47

by Andy Williams


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

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.”

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.

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.


Ninja shocks Valorant star with huge donation after Twitch refund scam

Published: 22/Oct/2020 2:56

by Andrew Amos


Chargebacks are a Twitch streamer’s worst nightmare, as Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins knows it all too well, so when he saw Valorant star ‘AverageJonas’ get scammed out of over $5,000, he knew he had to step up and help.

There’s few Twitch scams more infuriating than chargeback scams. When you have avid viewers donate to your stream, it’s a wonderful feeling.

However, some viewers do it maliciously, with the intent of taking, not giving. After donating hundreds, or even thousands of dollars, viewers dispute the charge with PayPal or their bank, saying they were hacked and didn’t actually donate the money.

The money then goes back to the donator, and the Twitch streamer is left without the donations, and most of the time, also has to pay a fine on top.

That’s exactly what happened to AverageJonas ⁠— a Valorant Twitch star with over 130,000 followers. He had a viewer refund $5,400 worth of donations, which ended up costing the streamer $5,800 after accounting for transfer fees.

“I have received over $5,400 in several donations from one person on Twitch which have all been refunded even though donations are supposedly non-refund. To top it off, I have been personally charged $400+ in refund fees from PayPal,” Jonas said on Twitter.

“This person used me and my community to gain clout and other benefits by acting like an extremely wealthy and giving human being. The person also pretended like the refunds were a mistake.”

Fortunately, Ninja got wind of the fellow Valorant streamer’s woes.

After all, Jonas is one of Valorant’s biggest content creators, and Ninja is slowly working his way to the top of the pro scene. With all of Jonas’ informational content, it’s the least Ninja could do to put his fandom to use.

Ninja replied to Jonas’ tweet with a simple “fixed.” What he meant by that was he donated AverageJonas $5,800, to cover not only the Twitch donations from the user, but the PayPal fees as well.

Jonas was shocked: “Dude thank you so much you’re such a legend omfg.”

It’s a big win for Jonas, however, it highlights a much bigger issue with Twitch donations. If Ninja hadn’t caught wind of the streamer’s troubles, it’s likely nothing would have been done.

Chargebacks are still a big issue, and there’s nothing you can really do about it as a streamer if PayPal or Twitch don’t step in ⁠— like what happened in Jonas’ case.

However, now he can go back to doing what he does best ⁠— sharing Sova line-ups for every Valorant player to learn.