Valorant Updates Behavior Detection and Penalty For Offenders

Published 02/16/2021, 8:47 AM EST


Riot is constantly working to create a better gaming experience for all Valorant players. A lot of trolls and bullies adorn the lobbies and regular players face harassment due to them. Ever since CS: GO Women’s World Cup Champion, Heather ‘sapphiRe’ Garozzo, came out with her harassment clip, players have reacted in a volatile manner.

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Whether or not it is gender specific, no game should allow toxicity to come forward. Riot updated its behavior detection penalty yesterday in the Target Patch: 2.04. There is more to come as they wrote, “we still have a lot of work ahead of us” in the notes.

This update will help the game deal better with AFK trolls who do not play rounds or the help team but sit back and watch themselves get carried.

Read on for the official patch notes.

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Official Valorant Patch 2.04 and above

AFK offenses

  • Warnings
  • XP denial for the games in which you were AFK’d (see ya later, AFK farmers!)
  • Small deductions from your ranked rating for pre-game dodges
  • Deductions from your ranked rating for in-game AFKing (Patch 2.03)
  • Increased queue restrictions
  • Barred entry from ranked games
  • VALORANT game bans (but only if you’re really, really persistent)

Valorant will be tracking account behavior for some time before applying any punishment. Players who go AFK because of bad internet need not worry as those will not be counted as offenses.

Chat-based offenses

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All the wrongdoings in the chat will get flagged by Valorant’s text evaluation system. There is no space for who ‘started first’, so avoid indulging in unacceptable behavior and retorting to abuses with abuse. Simply mute, report, and trust that the Riot team will do the job.

  • Warnings
  • Comms bans
  • Extended comms bans
  • Ranked queue bans
  • Game bans
  • Extended game bans

Here’s hoping Valorant becomes a more social experience and toxic elements are ousted with this update. If not, Riot seems pretty clear about what action it will take for the unforgivable few who ruin it for the other.

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““Let us be crystal clear: there is no room for violence, threats, or targeted harassment in VALORANT—those behaviors will not be tolerated. Certain offenses […..] are categorized as “zero tolerance,” and they warrant a game ban, full stop.”

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Avhinandan Chakraborty

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Avhinandan Chakraborty is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since August 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, and has been professionally writing since 2020. Ever since he was a child, he has been extremely passionate about online gaming and eSports, having played titles like GTA Vice City, FIFA, and IGI, among many others.

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