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Valorant dev responds to calls for replay system

Published: 27/Apr/2020 11:09 Updated: 27/Apr/2020 11:21

by Andy Williams

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Valorant’s closed beta has taken the tactical shooter genre to new heights, but Riot is already making headways towards improving the game post-launch by integrating a fully-fledged replay system.

Valorant is a tactical shooter like no other. After mitigating certain elements that have plagued first-person shooters for years (such as peeker’s advantage), Riot has pledged to maintain competitive integrity via their novel netcode and server infrastructure.

So with everyone on a level playing field, players have never been so dependent on making the right tactical choices inside the server. And that’s exactly where a replay system fits the bill.

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Riot’s changes to netcode in the backend makes for fluid gameplay on the frontend.

In essence, a replay system would give players the option to go back and watch demos of their gameplay to analyze and improve from, allowing them to view various perspectives when rewatching a match.

The concept itself has been done in rival titles with CS:GO’s ‘GOTV’ and Overwatch’s in-house replay feature — so the foundation of what ‘works’ is already there for Riot to build from.

Fans have a glimmer of hope that a replay feature will be coming to Valorant post-launch, after one player made their request on the Valorant subreddit.

The post garnered some attention from the community, and after some suggested it would be live at launch, one Dev clarified things. “We won’t have replays at launch (sorry!),” the Riot dev stated. “Definitely going to be there at some point soon… and not seven years past launch like League!”

In terms of any esports features (like in-game major tournaments) that will be included, the dev simply acknowledged that they haven’t nailed down the full specification of the system yet, when prompted about whether it would boast GOTV-esque features.

“Can’t commit to any specific feature list yet, but they sound like features that would be possible once we have the core replay system” the dev explained.

As for an expected ETA post-launch, the dev explained that they can’t provide a timeline, but hinted that elements such as esports observing tools and killcams might make an appearance once the system is eventually pushed live.

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Riot criticized for picking Ninja & Myth as “exclusive” Valorant co-streamers

Published: 1/Dec/2020 13:52 Updated: 1/Dec/2020 14:51

by Lauren Bergin

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Valorant First Strike NA has become one of the fiercest competitions that we’ve seen in Future Earth’s short history. Valorant fans, however, aren’t pleased that Ninja and TSM Myth will be the only two streamers allowed to stream the tournament.

Valorant’s First Strike NA tournament has been one of the most hotly contested of the game’s global tournaments. There’s been upsets, crazy plays and a whole host of amazing competitive Valorant play for fans to sink their teeth into.

With the final leg of the NA tournament on the horizon, Riot Games have decided to grant exclusive co-streamer status to only two lucky personalities: Tyler ‘Ninja’ Bevins and Ali ‘Myth’ Kabbani of TSM.

The announcement has fallen slightly flat, however, and fans aren’t particularly thrilled over Riot’s choice of streamers.

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Valorant First Strike has been the biggest Valorant event to date.

Ninja & Myth are First Strike co-streamers

Riot Games announced on November 30 that Twitch goliaths Ninja and TSM Myth would be “exclusive co-streamers” of the First Strike: NA main event.

The news of an ‘exclusive’ co-streaming deal with the two content creators left a lot of fans and fellow streamers somewhat unpleased. It led to a plethora of Tweets and Reddit threads dedicated to discussion around whether or not it’s fair to grant exclusivity to these two personalities.

Fans hit back

The main element of this situation that has left fans disgruntled is the idea of Ninja and Myth being granted exclusivity to the First Strike stream. This means that any other streamers who planned on streaming the event won’t be able to.

Twitch streamer mOE responded with surprise that other streamers wouldn’t be able to stream the event:

A Tweet from another fan called for the inclusion of the Overwatch League’s Josh ‘Sideshow’ Wilkinson to the lineup. The caster hosts a weekly podcast called Plat Chat on YouTube, which is entirely dedicated to Valorant. He also streams frequently, so it would make a lot of sense to include him in the exclusive co-streamer list:

Some fans were so unimpressed that they took their concerns to Reddit, where a lengthy post on the ValorantCompetitive subreddit sees fans express their disappointment.

The thread, started by u/AnOldMonkOnDMT, notes that Ninja’s ‘polarizing personality’ coupled with TSM Myth’s ‘preference for TSM’ makes the idea of watching their co-streams unappealing.

Exclusive Co Streams for First Strike NA from r/ValorantCompetitive

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Typically, esports tournaments will prevent streamers from ‘co-streaming’ to avoid diverting viewership from the official broadcast.