Days After Viral Video Puts Riot on the Chopping Block, the Valorant Dev Comes Out Swinging with Community First Ideals and Actions Aimed at Removing the Toxicity from the Game

Muting the offenders won't work, they need eradication.

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SUMMARY

  • Toxicity in multiplayer games is common, but things sometimes the competitive spirit is marred by outright disgusting and illegal comments.
  • A video games streamer named Taylor Morgan became a victim of such extreme instance recently.
  • As she appealed for action, Riot Games released a new video that explained the new changes coming in to tackle this.
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In-game toxicity can take a toll on mental health and turn a good day for anyone playing a video game for fun into a bad one. A Valorant player dubbed Taylor Morgon became a victim of such an incident recently and appealed to the creators of the game, Riot Games, to act on this.

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Following the rising concerns over the issue, Riot planned a course of action and shared a video on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) where studio head Anna Donolan explained how they were taking the matter into their own hands. They plan to eradicate those who showcase negative behavior that affects the rest of the community at large.

No One is Ever Prepared For an Assault Like That in Video Games

Trash talkers have long been leading to issues in multiplayer games.
Trash talkers have long been leading to issues in multiplayer games.

On May 13, 2024, Taylor uploaded a video of her stream while playing the game. During the voice chat, we can hear a male voice talking rubbish and causing her to leave the game. It was shocking, as mentioned in her post, that no one is prepared to take such kind of assault.

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She appealed to Riot Games to do something to tackle this issue in the post, which has already gained over 40 million views on the platform.

She wrote:

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The suspensions are not enough. Nothing will ever stop these men from acting this way until hardware bans go into play.

Now that the issue has escalated, Riot Games is taking the matter into their own hands.

Valorant Studio Head Cannot Stand These Offenders Spreading Hate

Several elements in Valorant take inspiration from Counter Strike.
Several elements in Valorant take inspiration from Counter Strike.

Trash talkers should start packing their bags, as Valorant developers aren’t in a talking mood right now. With the latest video explaining how the changes in the game will be implemented in the upcoming days. Anna seemed to be inclined toward the fact that muting the offender won’t help, as it doesn’t justify their behavior.

That’s true, as these offenders would do the same as they would in other games. The video sheds light on the five steps they will be implementing, beginning with a 30-day review for policy updates. It also talks about manual reviews of players they suspect are not fitting to be in the community.

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She says:

This will allow us to issue more severe penalties faster with a focus on the most severe behavior. Things like hate speech, severe sexual content, and any threats of violence which have no place in our game.

Users showcased their happiness on social media. ValorINTEL believes Riot Games will clean up the mess that has been made by these offenders.

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Another account called ValorLeaks thinks the measure would prevent “repeat offenders.

The mobile version of Valorant is under wraps too, and this measure should keep the evil at bay from there too. Or maybe they should use Skynet-like AI to lock these offenders out.

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What do you think about this measure Valorant is implementing? We would like to know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Written by Anurag Batham

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Anurag Batham is a video games correspondent at FandomWire. With over two years of experience in writing for different industries, his past works show his passion for the metaverse and his awareness of the environment. He's always playing with ideas to turn them into captivating stories.

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