Riot Games has announced some major updates coming to AFK penalties in Valorant, but some players are concerned that these changes will give trolls more power.
On February 15, Riot revealed its plans for the future to deal with players who go to AFK in matches along with a modernized penalty system for repeat offenders.
The changes, which are scheduled to come to the game in patch 2.04, include improved AFK detection and will be extended to include “disruptive behavior and non-participating games” in future versions.
That said, patch 2.03 will introduce the controversial penalties that will be applied on an “as needed”
“Simply put, we have leveled the discovery and management of AFKs. And we are eager to bring these to your game, ”said Riot.
In addition, targeting patch 2.04, chat-based offenses are also looked at to include communication bans, ranked queue bans and full-game bans as well.
“Let’s be crystal clear: there is no room for violence, threats or targeted harassment in Valorant – this behavior is not tolerated,” Riot explained.
I do not understand why dodges should ever be punished, even if the player in question has problems
what is the benefit of encouraging players to stay in the lobby with trolls and harassers? can we just not? https://t.co/D6od8uDhPq
– Dream (@Dream_val) February 15, 2021
Furthermore, Riot plans to expand these deductions for voice chat as well, but wants to find ways to stimulate “pro-social” gaming and detect positive behavior.
While all of this may seem like a big deal, Cloud9 coach Chris ‘Dream’ Myrick takes issue with the ranked penalties that some players can endure when dealing with trolls who throw games.
“I do not understand why evasions should ever be punished, even if the player there are questions about AFK,” he wrote on Twitter. What is the benefit of stimulating players to stay in the lobby with trolls and harassers? Can we just not? ”
The problem seems to be that these new penalties make it so that players who want to avoid playing with a troll who throws matches and cost them ELO, can not do so without consequences.
We need to see what Riot can do to fix these exploitable elements associated with AFK penalties, as they seem to have some players worried.