Valorant players want a fix to “really bad” audio issues

Published: 26/May/2020 22:50 Updated: 27/May/2020 11:32

by Alan Bernal


The audio issues in Valorant have some players seeking a fix from Riot Games as the title prepares to exit its beta stages onto its full release.

Like most tactical-team shooters, the audio is just as – and in some cases moreso – important than the visual cues on the monitor. However, Valorant players are reportedly experiencing inconsistencies or outright omitted sounds that they feel should be there.

“The sound is really bad for a competitive game, especially the directional sound and the footsteps,” redditor ‘drakendorian’ said of the matter. “I’ve had many experiences where I couldn’t tell if someone was on my right or in my left, the footsteps go from LOUD-LOUD-LOUD-SILENT too quick.”

The issues in Valorant have made clutches or 1v1’s difficult to maneuver, since players feel they’re getting unreliable information from the game.

Replying to drakendorian, user ‘rdee3’ shared clips that show them as Cypher trying to defend the planted Spike at A on Split. A teammate can be heard suggesting the player to listen or expect Jett to float down on the site from Heaven.

The sound cues that drakendorian received suggested Jett was indeed floating downward – but at times the audio was heard from the player’s right, toward Defender Spawn, where it was far less likely Jett would be floating down from.

“Has there ever been a dev comment on the sound engine?” redd3 asked. “This is the one thing that scares me the most, because the sound isn’t atrocious, but it’s otherwise not trustworthy and very often leads me to think someone is in a place they aren’t.”

While we know what sound cues Valorant players can and cannot hear during a given round, players also hear sounds that go off seemingly at random.

Redd3’s other clip shows them in a 1v1 against an enemy Sova. A step is heard prominently to the left, suggesting that Sova was not only at a close proximity, but also possibly somewhere on site.

That was only partly true, since moments later, Sova appeared from the left side of Garage. The player was anticipating a close enemy due to the sound cue, but that happened to be bad intel.

People have been learning how to get along with these sound cue for now, but want Riot to look into the audio issues as the official release for Valorant approaches on June 2.


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


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

The comments echo this:

Dexerto has reached out to Riot Games for comment.

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