Valorant announces more severe punishments for AFK players

Published: 13/May/2020 21:41

by Michael Gwilliam


Teammates who are away from their keyboards in any game can be a real pain. Now, Valorant developers have announced new incentives to make sure players who queue remain glued to their seats.

On May 13, Valorant posted an announcement indicating that they were shipping a change that “increases penalties for AFKs.”

AFK is common internet slang for “away from keyboard,” meant to classify an individual who is logged into either a chat or game, but physically away from their computer – and therefore unable to respond.

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Going AFK in Valorant will have bigger punishments.

One of the punishments listed will be longer queue restrictions for people who are AFK for multiple rounds.

Not every person who is AFK is doing so on purpose. Sometimes, the person could be having internet or computer issues that keep them from playing the game, something Riot is aware of and will take into account before administering a levy against an account.

“We’ll keep an eye on these restrictions when there’s service instability, but please commit to the games you queue up for,” Riot concluded in the announcement.

Given the length of a Valorant game, and the fact it doesn’t allow players on the team with a disconnected player to invite a friend to fill in, this should be a welcome change to the title.

So far, many players in the Valorant community are praising the increased penalties.

“My last 20 unrated games had someone leave mid game,” Cloud 9’s PVPX wrote. “Hopefully this helps.”

It’s unclear what further consequences there will be or how repeat offenders will be dealt with. One other question players have asked is if the penalties are the same for ranked and unrated matches.

Nonetheless, it’s a nice update that should help keep games competitive – and hopefully free of leavers.


Valorant players demand Ascent rooftop fix after Raze “super boost” breaks the game

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam


A new Raze “super boost” taking the Valorant community by storm has resulted in players pleading with Riot Games to fix the rooftops on the Ascent map.

Boosting is a controversial, yet intriguing part of most tactical shooters and Valorant is no exception, with players using character models or tricks with abilities to reach new heights.

However, one such boost may be too game-breaking for its own good, leading players to call for Riot to remove it from the game.

The so-called “very illegal” boost was posted to the Valorant subreddit by user Nikkyy and shows how Raze can access positions that make her the most lethal threat in the game.

‘Very illegal’ Raze boost on Ascent from VALORANT

Basically, by performing a satchel boost with her Blast Packs in combination with her Showstopper Ultimate, Raze can travel insane distances. And while it can take a lot of practice to get this right, the end result can be devastating for enemies.

After performing a satchel boost to get on top of a wall on Ascent, players can perform the super rocket boost with the Showstopper to essentially reach the skybox and fire down onto unsuspecting players.

As you can see in the clip, the entire enemy team was like fish in a barrel and fell one-by-one to the Raze player who had a great line of sight from so high up. In the end, the player only died because they started tunnel-visioning on another Agent.

Even the player’s own teammates were shocked at the clip, as they can be heard saying “what the f**k Raze?”

In the comments, users started calling on Riot to fix the map. “These boosts on Ascent rooftops need to be fixed asap,” one remarked.

“This is very illegal. Tremendously illegal. There hasn’t been a more illegal boost,” another added, seemingly mimicking the talking habits of a former Celebrity Apprentice host.

Hopefully, with how much attention the post has received, the devs investigate the issue and prevent the boost from being an issue before it starts affecting more ranked matches.