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Valorant players demand better report function to stop sexual harassment

Published: 26/Jul/2020 1:06

by Alan Bernal

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The issue of player behavior in Valorant has hardly improved for some members of the community, as people are now asking for more enhanced report functions in response to sexual harassment during a match.

In May, Valorant Executive Producer Anna ‘SuperCakes’ Donlon touched on the work Riot is doing to address bullying and harassment in response to a clip by Riot employee ‘Greenily’ depicting verbal attacks towards her.

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This instance of abuse ignited the conversation on the toxic members of the Valorant community, eventually leading to Riot’s Community Code a month later.

But some are pressing the company to integrate more strict and direct ways of reporting sexual harassment since victims don’t feel like the current options exactly address the severity of their predicaments as its happening.

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“I’ve been sexually harassed a lot while playing [Valorant],” user ‘GreatfulLoL’ said. “If you get caught cheating once you get hardware ID banned, but for you to get any punishment for sexual harassment you need to have dozens of people report you.”

They pushed for a way to save voice comms so that Riot could have recordings of players flagged for abuse. GreatfulLoL noted how the company has been a public force against cheaters or hackers, and wants to see the same kind of initiative for this issue.

“When people tell me that they are going to find me and describe details on how they want to r*pe me, they should get hardware ID banned,” they said.

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A method people have been using to record their moment of abuse is to simply record gameplay by using free software like OBS or the like, but a system built right into Valorant for these purposes would streamline the process.

“Just mute and report” isn’t an acceptable response to sexual harassment. I want hardware ID bans like the cheaters. from VALORANT

In the company’s report on in-game player behavior, SuperCakes said that “this is a very hard space to take on. I can’t solve society, and some of these issues are really, really deeply entrenched.”

An excerpt from the ‘Fairness in Every Match’ section of the Valorant Community Codes reads: “when addressing disruptive behavior, we believe that penalties should reflect the standards and needs of the community, and that they should address the specifics of the disruptive behaviour rather than being overly punitive.”

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Riot are committed to addressing the problem of harassment in their new competitive shooter and the Valorant community are waiting to see what the company does to find a solution.

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Valorant First Strike Europe qualifiers: Schedule, eligibility, format

Published: 7/Oct/2020 17:06

by Jacob Hale

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Valorant developers Riot Games have announced First Strike: Europe, the first-ever Valorant tournament wholly produced by Riot, set to kick off in November with some of the region’s best talent.

Since Valorant launched in June, it has become one of the most exciting games in esports, with players from all different titles migrating to Riot’s first-ever FPS. Some of the biggest competitors from the likes of Overwatch, CSGO and more are looking to make a name for themselves in the new shooter.

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As a result, we’ve already seen some incredible talent, tense moments and top performances in a competitive setting, but now it’s becoming a little more official with the announcement of this highly-anticipated tournament.

So, with First Strike: Europe around the corner, here’s everything you need to know to tune in to the tournament, and even get involved yourself.

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First Strike is the first Valorant tournament organized entirely by developer Riot Games.

Valorant First Strike: Europe schedule

Open qualifiers for First Strike take place from November 9-22, giving teams around two weeks to stave off the best competition in the region and qualify for the main event.

The schedule for Open Qualifiers will be as follows:

  • Week 1
    • November 9-10: Qualifier A
    • November 11-12: Qualifier B
    • November 13: Play-In #1
    • November 14-15: Playoffs
  • Week 2
    • November 16-17: Qualifier C
    • November 18-19: Qualifier D
    • November 20: Play-In #2
    • November 21-22: Playoffs
Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe qualifiers schedule.

After qualifiers have concluded, the main stage will be held from December 3-6. Here are the dates for each part of the main event:

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  • December 3-4: Quarterfinals
  • December 5: Semifinals
  • December 6: Final
Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule
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Valorant First Strike: Europe main event schedule.

Eligibility for Valorant First Strike: Europe

As the name suggests, the Open Qualifiers for the tournament are open to (almost) anybody. You don’t have to be a pro player to sign up, but you have to be over the age of 16 and you will need to reach the rank of Immortal 1 by the time you register.

Riot haven’t specified how people can apply and register for the tournament yet, but advise in their announcement that full rules for the event and how to apply will be available in the coming weeks — and we’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we know.

Valorant First Strike: Europe tournament format

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Will we see much of new Act III map Icebox in the First Strike tournament?

The tournament format is fairly simple to follow throughout, from the qualifiers right up to the main event. Here’s how the single-elimination tournament works:

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  • Qualifiers and Play-Ins: Best of 1
  • Playoffs: Best of 3
  • Quarterfinals and semifinals: Best of 3
  • Finals: Best of 5

With best of 1s in qualifiers and play-ins we might see some upsets, but finishing the tournament on a best of 5 means we really will see the two best teams in Europe fight it out and showcase their talent across all maps, proving how much they’ve mastered the game so far.

With G2 Esports undoubtedly the strongest team in the region since competition started, the main question now is whether they can prove it in Valorant’s biggest tournament yet.

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